Source Pravda.Ru

Heavy rain in New Hampshire:14 people are unaccounted

Residents began assessing the damage left by deadly flooding that tore up highways, swept away houses and tossed boulders and vehicles around like toys. More than a dozen people remained unaccounted-for in hardhit southwest New Hampshire.

At least 10 people died in the heavy weekend downpours or in rain-related traffic accidents from Pennsylvania to Maine. About 1,000 New Hampshire residents fled their homes in what the governor called the worst flooding in a quarter century.

State transportation Commissioner Carol Murray estimated it will take months to repair the damage, even as meteorologists cautioned that more rain was coming this week.

Three deaths were confirmed in New Hampshire and a fourth was feared, and Cheshire County Sheriff Richard Foote said 14 people remained unaccounted-for, the AP reports.

The most severe flooding in the state was in and around Keene, where some major roads were under as much as 4 to 6 feet (1 to 2 meters) of water, officials said. The city had no electricity and reverberated with the sounds of generators and pumps Monday when the governor visited.

From Friday evening through Sunday, rainstorms dumped as much as 9 to 10 inches (23 to 25 centimeters) in the northwestern part of New Jersey. In New Hampshire, the storm dropped 10.8 inches (27.4 centimeters) in Hinsdale and 10.5 inches (26.6 centimeters) in Keene. A.M.