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Massive evacuation ordered in US due to flooding

world Updated: Sep 10, 2011 16:35 IST
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Over 100,000 people in the US East Coast were ordered to evacuate on Thursday, as torrential rains brought by the remnants of tropical storm Lee caused major flooding in the area, Xinhua reported.

Several counties in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia are under flash flood warning, as per the National Weather Service.

Some parts of the US East Coast are still recovering from damages caused by Hurricane Irene.

In Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, 100,000 to 125,000 people were ordered to leave their homes because of the rising waters of the Susquehanna River, the report cited CNN quoting Emergency Management Coordinator Stephen Bekanich as saying.

New York state authorities also issued mandatory evacuations to approximately 10,000 residents, as water in the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers have risen to dangerous levels.

Tropical storm Lee impacted the oil concentrated Gulf Coast region last week and weakened Sunday. Remnants of the storm swamped the already-soggy US east coast Wednesday, leaving at least three people dead and triggering major flooding.

The powerful storm slammed the area late August with high wind, torrential rains, tidal waves and flooding, causing massive destruction to roads and houses while leaving 7 million customers without power.