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Flooding Still Changing Travel Plans For Eastern U.S.

Flooding is still changing travel plans for the Eastern and Northeast U.S. as rivers overflow their banks due to the heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lee.

Flooding is still changing travel plans for the Eastern and Northeast U.S. as rivers overflow their banks due to the heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lee.

With flash flood warnings being issued by the National Weather Service for some large cities and surrounding areas in Albany and Binghamton in New York, and in Philadelphia too, travel in the eastern United States remains an issue for many.

There is widespread flooding in Pennsylvania due to Tropical Storm Lee, and thousands have been evacuate, and the remains of Lee is soaking the north east United States on Thursday, which is causing many rivers to flood there too.

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued the following statement “I deployed the State Emergency Management Office to Binghamton last night to coordinate the delivery of state resources which might be necessary to protect life and property should serious flooding develop in areas along the flood-prone Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers.” National Guard troops which have vehicles with high axle clearance are being used to rescue those cut off by flooding.

Interstate 87 has its southbound lanes closed due to flooding at Exit 17 in Newburgh, and Interstate 90 was expected to be closed for 105 miles where it runs alongside the Mohawk River which has overflowed its banks in some of the areas. According to troopers, the highway remains open, but Exits 27, 28 and 29 are all closed due to flooding.

Meanwhile officials in northeast Pennsylvania have called for a mandatory evacuation of those communities which run along the Susquehanna River which is expected to crest later on Thursday between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET. Residents have been told to prepare for an extended evacuation of around 72 hours, and are reminded to take food, clothes and prescription medications with them.

There are at least three deaths connected with the storm so far, one man being killed when his basement collapsed as he was bailing out water in Derry Township, Pa. a motorist was drowned in Derry Township, Pa when his car got stuck in flood water and he was unable to escape.

Since travel in these areas is very difficult, officials remind you to take emergency supplies with you, to draive with caution and not to drive through flood waters.

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