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Communities across US recover after floods

1 year ago August 14, 2014 Aug 14, 2014 Thursday, August 14 2014 Thursday, August 14, 2014 1:19:51 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Frank Eltman

NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. - Communities across the U.S. are drying out after unusually heavy rains swamped highways, flooded basements and were blamed for at least four deaths.

Long Island residents were urged to remain off the road Wednesday as a round-the-clock recovery continued after a record 13.26 inches of rain fell between midnight and 9:30 a.m.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder issued a disaster declaration for Detroit after rain and mud closed stretches of freeways all of Tuesday and part of Wednesday.

Officials at a Nebraska hospital said its public cafeteria could stay shuttered for months after it was inundated by floodwater over the weekend.

The latest iteration of wild weather hit Wednesday.

A rare, slow-moving system lashed communities from Maryland to New England. Meteorologists say it was powered by tropical moisture and high clouds.

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