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More Rain Forecast for Region

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee will cause rain to fall across the region through the weekend — as many in the area are still recovering from past storms.   

The rain will not be as heavy as it was earlier this week, but forecasters are predicting between half an inch and an inch of rain to fall by Saturday morning. Flood watches are in effect for much of New Jersey.

"We have a chance of showers and thunderstorms all the way through at least the weekend," meteorologist Joe Pollina said.

Residents along the Passaic and Raritan Rivers in northern New Jersey, who were still trying to repair the damage from Tropical Storm Irene, said Lee was just piling on the trouble.

"Very anxious because the water has come back up again, and they say that the rivers are going to crest on Saturday, so we're waiting," Marilyn Succar said while sitting in front of her home in Wayne, N.J, waiting for a visit from an insurance adjuster. "It's a waiting game at this point."

Meterologist Polina said the Passaic River is expected to crest at Little Falls, in northeastern New Jersey, by late Friday morning or early afternoon.

He said the weather service is also keeping an eye on the Ramapo River in Mahwah and in Pompton Lakes, also in the northeastern part of the state.  

Upstate New York is also suffering from the heavy rains. The Susquehanna River surpassed its record flood stage of 25 feet on Thursday morning at Binghamton.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is directing state emergency resources to the Southern Tier and is seeking a major disaster declaration from the federal government.

The governor, who took an aerial tour of the flooding near Binghamton on Thursday, said it will get worse and waters will rise "much, much higher."

He urged residents who've been told to evacuate to move quickly. He says some residents over the past two weeks waited too long to evacuate, thinking the weather was improving.

A federal disaster declaration clears the way for federal aid.

In Connecticut, heavy rain in the morning caused flash flooding across the state, closing schools and roads. Officials in Shelton ordered a mandatory evacuation of a low-lying area along the Housatonic River, called The Maples, due to flooding.

With reporting from Scott Gurian and the Associated Press.

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