Northeast braces for new round of flooding

The Northeast braced Tuesday for a new round of flooding as a slow-moving storm system readied to dump up to 6 inches of rain in some parts.

The rain, expected to continue for the next three days, may push some already-swollen rivers in New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts over their banks.

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In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and mobilized the National Guard to help with relief efforts.

“They are now forecasting that all rivers in Massachusetts are now likely to reach flood stage (with) moderate to major flooding,” he told reporters Monday.

In Rhode Island, the National Weather Service predicted “serious and life-threatening” flooding on Pawtuxet River and said widespread evacuations may be needed.

“We have increasing confidence that the flooding in Rhode Island may be in the historic category,” the state’s Emergency Management Agency said. “We cannot overemphasize the seriousness of the threat to the Pawtuxet and the Blackstone Basins.”

Weather officials say the Blackstone River could see the worst flooding in 50 years.

In Connecticut, the weather service placed the entire state under a flood watch through Tuesday.

The state, like others in the Northeast, is still trying to dig itself out from a storm two weeks ago that dumped as much as 10 inches of rain.

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