Flood warnings are in effect in several states as a second major storm in less than a month drenches the East Coast.
Forecasters say it could be the wettest March on record in some places. For residents, that could also mean record flooding.
Flood warnings and advisories have been issued from the Carolinas to Maine. Some areas could see the worst flooding in 30 years.
"For many people, unfortunately, it's going to be inundated. We're not talking inches, we're talking feet," said Gene Artes, Norwich Emergency MGMT director.
The new storm hit as the Northeast works to recover from a storm earlier this month that dropped as much as much as 10 inches of rain in some areas, causing rivers to rise and flooding homes throughout the region.
Weary residents in Cranston, R.I. are trying to protect their property from the rising Pawtuxet River for the third time this month.
"The solution is to take these houses buy them up and let the river have this whole stretch of land," flood victim Brenda Furtado said. "Because we don't own this property, the river owns this property."
Some roads have been closed in several states. A state of emergency has been declared in Massachusetts and in New Jersey the Red Cross is prepared to open shelters.
"We have designated sites, and should that become a need, the police and local officials will notify people where they need to go," said Amy Sutton, CEO of the Greater Somerset County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The same weather system spawned tornadoes across five southern states. One twister blew through power lines causing transformers to explode.
Several injuries and two deaths have been blamed on the storm.