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Mar 31, 2010 9:08 AM by Associated Press

Flooding expected to worsen in drenched Northeast

Rivers from Maine to New York aren't expected to crest until today or tomorrow and forecasters say the Northeast still hasn't seen the worst of the flooding from a drenching rainstorm.

But the second record storm that socked the region this month is more drizzle than rain today as it winds down.

And in Rhode Island, officials are bracing for what is expected to be the most severe flooding to hit the state in more than 100 years. President Barack Obama has signed an emergency declaration for the Ocean State.

Interstate 95, a major East Coast thoroughfare, was closed for about a quarter-mile in Warwick, R.I., because of flooding and down to one lane in other areas of Rhode Island. Crews were working overnight to stack sandbags but it wasn't clear whether the highway would reopen for the morning commute.

Some schools and businesses are closed.

National Guard troops have been activated in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Scattered home evacuations were reported in those states.

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