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Sep 9, 2011 8:22 AM by Kate Richards

Lee's flooding keeps evacuees out of their homes

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities in central New York say flood waters that inundated the city of Binghamton and surrounding communities have begun receding, but there's no indication yet when some of the 20,000 evacuees can return to their homes.

Broome County Deputy Emergency Manager Raymond Serowik tells The Associated Press Friday morning that the Susquehanna River is receding slowly and that authorities are just beginning to gain access to some areas to assess the damage from Thursday's record flooding.

Days of rainfall from what had been Tropical Storm Lee inundated a wide portion of New York, Pennsylvania and forced nearly 100,000 people to seek higher ground. At least eleven deaths have been blamed on Lee and its remnants.

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