Obama makes unannounced stop for flooding briefing

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama has made an unannounced stop for a briefing on flooding recovery efforts in Massachusetts.

In between a health care speech in Maine and Democratic fundraisers in Massachusetts, Obama squeezed in a visit to the state emergency management headquarters in Framingham. That's roughly 20 miles west of Boston. He was meeting with Gov. Deval Patrick and emergency crews managing the crisis.

Record rainfalls have caused flooding across the New England states, with Rhode Island taking the most devastating toll. Bridges and highways have washed out from Maine to Connecticut and sewage systems have been overwhelmed to the point that families were asked to stop flushing toilets.

The area Obama was visiting was not itself flooded.

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