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New England Flooding Drowns Homes & Dreams

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - Officials hope that a section of Interstate 95 closed by flood waters in Rhode Island can be reopened later today. The highway is the primary link between New York and Boston.

Days of torrential rain in New England have ended but meteorologists say some rivers won't return to their banks until the weekend.

The worst of the flooding has been in Rhode Island. It's seen its worst flooding in 200 years.

High water has forced evacuations, isolated communities, overwhelmed sewer systems and forced evacuations. Officials fear some businesses already weekend by the recession will be condemned because of flood damage.

Flooding has also damaged bridges in the region. It's feared a 200-foot bridge in Coventry, R.I. may collapse because its abutments washed out.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is set to tour the damage on Friday. President Barack Obama has already declared most of Rhode Island a disaster area.


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