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4/19/2007

Storm Recovery Continues, Thousands Still Blacked Out

Breaking Earth News
USA

Utility crews cut their way through toppled trees Wednesday to restore service to thousands of customers still without power since a huge weekend storm battered the East Coast. Communities from New Jersey to Maine were still coping with stream flooding after the storm dumped more than 8 inches of rain in places, along with coastal flooding brought on by astronomical high tides and heavy surf. Eighteen deaths were blamed on the weather system. About 1,400 New Jersey residents were in emergency shelters because of flooding, up slightly from Tuesday, as more rivers crested. About 40 New Hampshire roads remained closed by high water or damage. Most were expected to be reopened soon, but it could take weeks to repair landslide damage to Route 101 in Wilton. About 6,000 residents still could not return home. Swollen rivers in Massachusetts were receding but waves still crashed over sea walls and flooded coastal roads. Most roads had reopened in the suburbs north of New York City, as homeowners in Westchester County piled water-ruined carpets and furniture in heaps outside. On Fire Island, a barrier island along the south side of New York's Long Island, some homes were clinging to narrow beaches atop rickety pilings because the storm's waves had scoured the sand out from beneath them.
Flooding in New Jersey
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