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Obama declares emergency in 2 states
Fri Sep 9, 2011 6:10AM GMT|
Water floods a home following heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lee that hit the area September 3, 2011 in Myrtle Grove, Louisiana.
US President Barack Obama has announced a state of emergency in New York and Pennsylvania following heavy rains that have flooded much of the country's northeast.
The declaration of emergency comes a day after five people were killed in the inundated northeastern areas and more than 100,000 others were forced to leave their homes, AFP reported on Friday.
The president's declaration of emergency will officially permit federal agencies to make coordinated relief efforts to "save lives and to protect property and public health and safety," the White House said.
As the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee flooded roads and highways and swelled the waterways, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood alert for counties in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia.
Tropical Storm Lee, which hit the Gulf Coast on Sunday, caused torrential rains in the south, mid-Atlantic region as well as densely populated areas in the northeast.