Flooding Still Threatens Haiti After Emily's Rains

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The potential for flooding continues to be Haiti's biggest threat now that Tropical Storm Emily has broken up after dumping heavy rain.

Thousands of Haitians still living in temporary shelters after last year's earthquake were threatened by the storm.

The heavy rains overflowed some rivers, causing mud slides.

Some residents near the Artibonite River struggled to clear the mud from inside their houses. Artibonite is particularly prone to flooding because the surrounding mountains have been almost completely deforested by people clearing trees for farming and to make charcoal.

Max Obed Desir, a government worker, said several villages were threatened.

"The hardest part of my job is telling people and telling people and telling people they have to leave, and they don't leave," Desir said.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said all hurricane watches and warnings had been canceled by Thursday afternoon but rains still fell over the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Emily dropped more than 5 inches of rain around the southwestern Dominican city of Barahona, prompting the government to order the evacuation of more than 5,000 people.

No deaths have been reported from the storm.

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