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Update: record-breaking rains and flooding in New England

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WKOW) -- Amtrak has suspended many trains on its Northeast lines because of flooding concerns on the coast.

The high waters come after three days of record-breaking rain in several states from Maine to Connecticut, though Rhode Island has taken the biggest hit.

Amtrak announced Wednesday water on the tracks near Providence, R.I., forced it to stop trips between New Haven, Conn., and Boston, as well as service between New York and Boston.

Hundreds of people in Rhode Island have been forced from their homes, sewage systems have been overwhelmed and traffic is a mess.

The worst appears yet to come for many, since rivers and streams have not yet crested.


CRANSTON, R.I. (WKOW) -- Forecasters say East Coast residents should be bracing for more rain and flooding, with rivers from Maine to New York not expected to crest until late Wednesday or Thursday.

The second record storm that rocked the region this month is more drizzle than rain as it winds down for the time being.

President Barack Obama has signed an emergency declaration for Rhode Island, where officials are preparing for what might be the most severe flooding to hit that state in 100 years.

Some schools and businesses are closed, and authorities shut down parts of Interstate 95 for about a quarter-mile in Warwick, R.I. because of flooding. Crews worked overnight to stack sandbags.

National Guard troops have been activated in that state, as well as Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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