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Nearly 100K told to evacuate in Northeast as remnants of Lee drop rain on flood-weary areas
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) ' Officials in northeastern Pennsylvania are saying up to 70,000 residents have been ordered evacuated from communities along the Susquehanna River due to expected flooding.
They're revising their numbers down from an earlier estimate that 100,000 people were told to evacuate.
The mandatory evacuation has been ordered in Luzerne County in areas along the river that were affected by massive flooding from Hurricane Agnes in 1972.
About 20,000 more were told to evacuate from Binghamton, N.Y. as the same river spilled its banks downtown.
The evacuations come as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumps more rain across the Northeast, socking areas still recovering from Hurricane Irene and closing major highways.