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Rising water forces evacuations in New England

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CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- Record-breaking rains in the Northeast forced hundreds of people from their homes by today, knocked out sewage treatment plants, and snarled traffic on major East Coast routes as roads and bridges transformed into a soaked labyrinth of detours and closures.

As the rain tapered to a drizzle, forecasters warned the worst of widespread flooding from Maine to New York was still ahead as rivers were yet to crest -- for the second time in a month.

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