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2006-06-29 17:43:50

By Matthew Verrinder and Steve James TRENTON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Officials declared the flooding that forced many thousands from their homes in the U.S. northeast past the worst on Thursday and turned to counting the costs of the storm. Days of torrential rain followed by floods killed at least 16 people in the eastern United States, including those who died in storm-related road accidents. With buildings submerged, roads washed out and rivers surging, authorities declared...

2006-06-29 12:25:00

By Steve James TRENTON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Up to 200,000 evacuees from water-logged Wilkes-Barre were told they could go home on Thursday after levees held back the Susquehanna River, but swollen rivers still wreaked havoc in the U.S. northeast. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine told reporters water levels along the Delaware River could crest in the afternoon near 25 feet, a level that would rival floods of last year, and could lead to serious problems in the state capital, Trenton. He said...

2006-06-29 08:32:39

WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Residents of the historic Pennsylvania coal town of Wilkes-Barre can return home at noon, ending a mandatory evacuation after the city's levees held following intense floods, an official said on Thursday. "As 12 p.m. today, we are lifting the evacuation order," said Greg Skrepenak, chairman of the Luzerne County board of commissioners. A mandatory evacuation was ordered on Wednesday evening for up to 200,000 people in the region.

2006-06-29 08:02:51

By Jon Hurdle WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Swollen rivers spread muddy water through homes and streets across swaths of the northeastern United States with more storms forecast on Thursday as tens of thousands of people waited to go home. The Susquehanna River receded early on Thursday, lifting the threat of catastrophic flooding in the historic Pennsylvania town of Wilkes-Barre, where up to 200,000 people had been ordered to evacuate. But water was still rising in parts...

2006-06-29 07:48:02

By Jon Hurdle WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Floods in the Susquehanna River receded early on Thursday, lifting the threat of catastrophic flooding in the historic town of Wilkes-Barre, but water was still rising in parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Days of torrential rain followed by floods had killed at least 16 people in the eastern United States by late on Wednesday. With buildings submerged, roads washed out and rivers surging, authorities declared emergencies and...

2006-06-29 06:54:30

By Jon Hurdle WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Floods in the Susquehanna River receded early on Thursday, lifting the threat of catastrophic flooding in the historic town of Wilkes-Barre, but water was still rising in parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Days of torrential rain followed by floods had killed at least 16 people in the eastern United States by late on Wednesday. With buildings submerged, roads washed out and rivers surging, authorities declared emergencies and...

2006-06-29 06:43:58

By Jon Hurdle WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Floods in the Susquehanna River receded early on Thursday, lifting the threat of catastrophic flooding in the historic town of Wilkes-Barre, but water was still rising in parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Days of torrential rain followed by floods had killed at least 16 people in the eastern United States by late on Wednesday. With buildings submerged, roads washed out and rivers surging, authorities declared emergencies and...

2006-06-29 05:15:01

By Jon Hurdle WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Water levels in the flooded Susquehanna River unexpectedly receded early on Thursday, removing the threat of catastrophic flooding in the historic town of Wilkes-Barre. A second crest of 35 to 37 feet, which had been predicted by the National Weather Service and emergency officials, did not materialize around 2 a.m. EDT. Instead, the river's water level fell to 32.63 feet at 2 a.m., continuing a steady decline that began after the...

2006-06-29 03:07:30

By Jon Hurdle WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Water levels in the flooded Susquehanna River unexpectedly receded early on Thursday, removing the threat of catastrophic flooding in the historic town of Wilkes-Barre. A second crest of 35 to 37 feet, which had been predicted by the National Weather Service and emergency officials, did not materialize around 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT) . Instead, the river's water level fell to 32.63 feet (10 meters) at 2 a.m., continuing a steady...

2006-06-29 01:50:10

By Jon Hurdle WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Wilkes-Barre residents waited anxiously on Thursday to learn if protective levees would withstand rising floodwaters that threaten to swamp the historic town. Waters crested at more than 34 feet along the flood protection system on Wednesday evening and were expected to peak as high as 37 feet early on Thursday after the region of some 200,000 people was pounded by days of torrential rain. The levees -- restraining the Susquehanna...


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