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Heavy rains soak Northeast, and snow's coming next

POMPTON LAKES, N.J. — Residents in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest nervously watched rising waterways Thursday as heavy rain swelled creeks and rivers, damaged houses and detoured commuters.

In Pompton Lakes, N.J., a pelting rain fell on Liri Zekirovski and a friend as they removed water-damaged furniture and flooring from Zekirovski's father-in-law's house next to the Pompton River.

It was the second time the area had been waterlogged in less than a week. In a small playground across the street, remnants of Sunday night's flooding could be seen in a bicycle rack that was nearly covered in mud.

"It's getting ridiculous. It's like every time it rains this is going to happen," Zekirovski said as he pointed to a water line on the front of the house about 2 ½ feet high. "It seems like we're putting in a new kitchen every six months. It might be better just to eat outside."

Flood watches were in effect across much of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York, and rainfall amounts of 3 inches or more were forecast for parts of northern New Jersey. The National Weather Service predicted major flooding this weekend along the Pompton River at Pompton Plains and the Passaic River at Little Falls and Pine Brook. The Ohio River was expected to crest at more than 4 feet above flood stage this weekend.

Wet snow was expected to begin falling on northeast Ohio overnight, and up to a foot could accumulate through today, with the heaviest expected from the Akron area east to Youngstown and the Pennsylvania line.

Pittsburgh could see up to 8 inches of snow by Saturday morning. In the Adirondacks in New York, forecasts called for several inches.

Heavy rains soak Northeast, and snow's coming next 03/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2011 10:35pm]
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