Record Flooding Swamps New England

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

Flood watches remain in effect in communities throughout New England.

The worst of the flooding has been in Rhode Island, which has seen its worst flooding in 200 years. The Pawtuxet River was 11 feet over its flood level, forcing hundreds to evacuate their homes.

A stretch of Interstate 95 connecting New York and Boston is closed, and train service throughout Rhode Island has shut down.

Hundreds of homes have sustained severe damage as the water begins to recede, leaving residents feeling devastated.

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

Forecasters say it will be days before the flooding ends. That is because swollen creeks and streams still need to drain out through the big rivers leaving surrounding communities vulnerable until all that excess water flows into the ocean.

States of emergencies were declared in parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell, R-Conn., toured flood damaged areas in her state.

"We have asked all of the mayors and first selectmen, emergency personnel all around the state to document, take pictures," Rell said.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is set to tour the damage on Friday.

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