Northeast begins to dry out after flash flood kills at least 5 in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. (AP) — An already saturated northeast began drying out Monday after a second round of heavy rains in a week, including a flash flood in Pennsylvania that killed at least five people over the weekend. end.

A 9-month-old boy and his 2-year-old sister are still missing in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which sits along the Delaware River, after being swept away late Saturday afternoon while traveling in a vehicle.

Fire Chief Tim Brewer said the area received about 6 1/2 to 7 inches of rain (about 18 centimeters) in 45 minutes.

The children are part of a family in Charleston, South Carolina, who visits family and friends. They were driving to a barbecue when their vehicle got stuck in the flash flood, Brewer said.

“As they tried to escape the fierce flooding, dad took his 4-year-old son away while mum and grandma grabbed the other two children,” he said. Father and son “miraculously” managed to get to safety. “However, the grandmother, mother and two children were swept away by the floodwaters,” Brewer said. The mother was among those found dead later.

A press conference was scheduled for Monday morning.

Flash flooding hit parts of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey over the weekend. A confirmed tornado touched down Sunday morning in North Brookfield, Mass., but no injuries or major property damage was reported. In New Hampshire, where some roads collapsed in several towns, heavy rain postponed Sunday’s NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by a day.

Vermont reported no immediate security threats following historic flooding nearly a week ago that dumped up to two months of rain in two days. US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has planned to visit the state later on Monday.

More rain was forecast for Tuesday.

Severe storms on Sunday resulted in hundreds of flight cancellations at New York area airports and hundreds being delayed.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said 13 centimeters of rain fell in two hours in Suffolk County on Long Island. The state saw $50 million in damage from storms last week.

In North Carolina, floodwaters have been blamed for the death of a 49-year-old woman whose car was swept off a road in Alexander County late Saturday night. A man who was in the car with her was rescued.

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Associated Press writers Ron Todt in Philadelphia; David Collins in Hartford, Connecticut; Sarah Brumfield in Silver Spring, Maryland; Kathy McCormack in Concord, New Hampshire; Patrick Whittle in Portland, Maine; and Leah Willingham in Charleston, West Virginia contributed to this report.

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