Flood in United States make Residents to Evacuate

Flood in United States
Flood in United States

Flood caused by heavy rain which is the effect of tropical Lee storms occur in the United States on Thursday, September 8, 2011. As a result, a total of 100 thousand residents in the northeastern United States were forced to evacuate to a safer place.

Reported by FOX News, residents were evacuated to the area around Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, which has a levee is high enough to withstand flooding. However, about 800 or 900 homes in danger at any time if the dike is breached.

"The situation is terrible," said Stephen Bekanich, head of rescue management in Luzerne County. He and other rescuers believe the dike will be able to hold water, but still urged the volunteers to put a bag filled with sand on both sides of river.

In the city of Binghamton, New York, Susquehanna River overflowed to fill the streets and the height was reached at half-mast lights. Mayor Matt Ryan said the flooding this time is the worst since the 1930s and 1940s.

Rain with 9 inches of rainfall fell in Binghamton and parts of Pennsylvania. The rivers overflowed from Maryland to Massachusetts, and experts estimate the flood will continue to expand.

For areas that some time ago affected hurricane Irene, it could be worse. "We've just finished cleaning the rest of the floods caused by hurricane Irene," said Edith Rodriguez, one of 75 New Yorkers who are still living in shelters after the hurricane. "Now we have to start clean again."

Tom Graziano, chief of hydrologic services division at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Agency said the floods that occurred in the northeastern U.S. are the worst in history. "Hurricane Irene alone is causing severe flooding, and now we face a higher rainfall," he said.