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Northeast Flooding: Five Dead as 100,000 Evacuate

Tetra Images/Thinkstock(WILKES-BARRE, Pa.) -- Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River has crested and over 100,000 residents have been evacuated as remnants of Tropical Storm Lee have created flood zones in the already water-logged region.

A persistent area of low pressure associated with Lee's remnants will remain over the area throughout the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.  It is expected that the area will see an additional four to seven inches of rainfall in the coming days.

Of the five deaths that have been attributed to the flooding, one was a child who was caught in a storm drain by the rushing waters.  The 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy was swept underwater into a storm drain that was approximately one foot in diameter, police said.

The city of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., issued a mandatory evacuation order for 8 p.m. Thursday which was moved to 4 p.m. as the Susquehanna River rapidly swelled.

Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton asked residents to "be vigilant" and warned they should prepare themselves for an extended evacuation of a minimum 72 hours.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday that an emergency exists in Pennsylvania and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions.

About 1,200 National Guardsmen have been deployed across the state, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer, with approximately one-third headed for the Wilkes-Barre area -- which is cradled in the center of the Wyoming Valley region, with the Pocono Mountains to the east, the Endless Mountains to the west and the Lehigh Valley to the south.

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Hurricane Irene Death Toll Rises to over Three Dozen Amid Floods

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Flooding across parts of the East Coast is still a major issue in Hurricane Irene's wake, as the death toll rises to over three dozen across seven states, and thousands have found themselves stranded and without electricity for days to come.

Vermont is currently experiencing the worst flooding the state has seen in 84 years, which has the governor calling for "all the help we can get."  At least two people are dead and one is missing in the state beset with washed-out bridges and destroyed roadways.

Roads to a number of communities in the state remain cut off due to the flooding.  A total of a dozen bridges have been lost so far, including some of the state's iconic covered bridges.

Almost a foot of rain was dumped on Vermont as Irene passed through.  Rivers were already high from a wetter than average summer and heavy snowfall in the winter.

All Vermont state offices are closed, and the National Guard has deployed six rapid response teams.

"This event unfolded much faster than anyone anticipated," Vermont National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Lloyd Goodrow said.

President Obama signed an emergency declaration for Vermont Monday morning.

"We're continuing to deal with the impact and the aftermath of Hurricane Irene," Obama said Monday.  "We're going to make sure folks have all the support they need as they begin to assess and repair the damage left by the storm."

In Little Falls, New Jersey, floodwaters are covering cars, and the city has set up a shelter for the 400,000 families that live in this area to ride out what will be an incredibly anxious night.  The water rose at 2 inches an hour by one estimate.

"We're not out of the woods yet regarding this storm," Gov. Chris Christie told a gathering at the Raritan River in Manville, New Jersey.  He said waters had hit record levels at nine locations and warned that the Passaic River had not yet crested.

The Ramapo, Pompton and Pequannock rivers in Wayne, New Jersey are also expected to crest sometime Tuesday.  These rivers will remain at "major flood" levels through Thursday.

Although New York City managed to avoid a wallop from the storm, inland towns and counties upstate saw more than 13 inches of rain as the storm pummeled parts of the Hudson Valley.

Fallen branches and demolished bridges have hindered road travel across the area, while at least three towns in New York remain cut off by flooded roads and bridges.

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Mississippi River Crests in Tennessee; Most of Memphis Spared

Scott Olson/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- By early Tuesday morning, it appeared that most of Memphis, Tennessee was spared from the flooding of the mighty Mississippi River.

Since the bulk of the city is located on a bluff, only low-lying areas have so far been affected by the nearly 48-foot crest, the highest the nation’s largest river system has reached in Memphis since the Great Flood of 1937.  It is expected to reach 48 feet later on Tuesday.

Graceland, Beale Street and other familiar sites in Memphis were largely untouched by the flooding.  And even while city officials visited about 1,300 residences in the past few days to urge evacuations, many residents stayed home.

Still, Cory Williams of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday night, “We're going to wait until the water goes down a whole lot more and then we'll celebrate success."

It was clear Memphis officials had faith that the city's levees, flood walls and pumps would do their job.  The network has come at a cost of over $13 billion throughout the years but the Corps of Engineers says it's been well worth it by preventing an estimated $370 billion in flood damage.

Yet the danger from the Mississippi River is not over for communities and refineries downstream from Memphis.  The crest isn’t expected to occur there for another two weeks, which is when the flood waters are due to finally empty into the Gulf of Mexico.´╗┐

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Mississippi River Expected to Crest in Memphis Early Tuesday

Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects[dot]net/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- The Mississippi River continues to rise in Memphis, Tennessee, with forecasts predicting that the river will crest sometime early Tuesday morning.

Officials predict that the river will get up to 48 feet, just seven inches shy of its all-time flood high set back in 1937.

Tennessee’s governor Bill Haslam has asked President Obama to declare 15 counties as federal disaster areas as the river continues to rise. Should the president grant Haslam’s request, those areas designated as disaster areas would have access to federal assistance programs. Haslam declared a state of emergency on April 26, in light of the forecast of the Mississippi River flooding.

On Saturday the Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Management Agency issued a flood warning, advising area residents to wrap up precautionary actions in the coming days and be prepared to evacuate.

The Mississippi River is expected to remain above flood stage Memphis until May 25.

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