Hundreds of people were forced from their homes today, as flooding knocked out sewage plants, closed roads and generally wreaked havoc from New York to Maine. At this point the rain, which has been falling at a record pace for three days, is finally tapering off, but meteorologists tell the USA Today that the worst of the flooding is yet to come, because rivers have not yet crested. “It’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime flooding,” said one forecaster.
Rhode Island has been hit the hardest, with hundreds evacuating in the worst flooding the coastal state’s seen in over a century. “I’ve got dumpsters floating away. What was a road, if I were to walk down it, the water would be over my head,” said an official from Cranston, where 120 homes were emptied. Elsewhere, portions of I-95, which connects Boston and New York, were shut down, and likely won’t open for days. (Read more New England stories.)