New England floodwaters recede, but danger remains
By ERIC TUCKER and PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press Writers Eric Tucker And Pat Eaton-robb, Associated Press Writers – 1 hr 27 mins ago
WEST WARWICK, R.I. – Stacey Marcure thought she and her family had survived the worst of flooding two weeks ago, when no more than 5 inches of water seeped into her basement. Then she woke to a fresh burst of heavy flooding spurred by record-setting rainfall that caused havoc in this former mill town and much of the Northeast.
Her family made it out safely Tuesday morning, though her husband had to be rescued by boat after he returned to raise valuables to the top floor. Now she's staying with relatives, unsure what will become of possessions such as her daughter's first communion dress — or the home that had been in her family for 70 years.
"It's definitely not going to be livable, at least not for a while," said Marcure, 38, a teacher's assistant.
The rains stopped Wednesday and the floodwaters began to recede in hard-hit Rhode Island, though what the governor called the worst flooding in 200 years could persist for several days and permanently close businesses already struggling in the weak economy.
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I'm kinda shocked no one has posted anything about how horrible the flooding has been. I wonder if this means that the 'Lousianna purchase' amendment to the Health Care Bill will now be applied to Rhode Island.
I wonder what the Tea Party folk think about federal aid for disasters? Bootstraps? Or since it effects everyone, including them, it doesn't count as the federal government stepping on the states' toes?
Btw, this summer is going to be hell. Expect HIGH temperatures, tornadoes and massive amounts of rainfall. Texas has been told to prepare for flooding.