Waterlogged Northeast Braces for More Rain

Rain fell for an eighth straight day around the waterlogged Northeast on Friday, pushing hundreds of people from their homes, closing roadways and leaving train tracks littered with fallen trees.

Tens of thousands of sandbags were handed out in New Hampshire and New Jersey, and flood warnings (search) covered parts of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

A state of emergency was declared for New Jersey Friday evening by Acting Gov. Richard Codey (search) before he activated the National Guard to assist fight the flooding.

Rainfall totals since Oct. 7 topped a foot or more in spots, and forecasters predicted another 2 to 3 inches of rain in some places by Saturday. At least 10 people have died because of the downpours, and four others remain missing in New Hampshire.

In northeastern New Jersey, swans floated down the streets of Oakland as neighbors watched water lap at their porches.

"It's just lousy," said Ralph Petricone, who added that he and his wife are building a home high on a hill in Pennsylvania. "Learn from your mistakes."

Along the beach about 60 miles south in Spring Lake (search), hundreds of people were ordered to leave their homes to avoid a flooding inlet. Another 100 residents a few miles north were evacuated overnight as the Shark River (search) rose.

In Spring Lake giant military vehicles rolled in to help carry out hundreds of residents after an inlet flooded and a pumping station overflowed, sending sewage into the water.

The shore evacuations came after dozens of families left homes around northern New Jersey when knee-deep and higher floodwaters isolated their neighborhoods.

Sewage has also backed up into homes in Jersey City.

Across the Northeast, at least ten people have died since last weekend, and four others remain missing in New Hampshire.

Rain that had tapered off overnight and early Friday picked up in intensity again in many places by late morning. Rainfall in Ramsey, near the New York state line, reached almost 15 inches overall.

In New York City's Central Park, another inch of rain fell Friday before noon, after two days of record-setting precipitation that totaled 7 inches. Eastern Long Island residents were also warned of flash flooding, with rainfall estimated at up to 1.5 inches per hour.

In Connecticut, ground weakened from rainfall caused trees to fall across railroad tracks in Naugatuck, disrupting railroad service. The railroad provided shuttle buses to commuters, said Metro-North spokesman Dan Brucker. Thousands of homes and businesses also lost power, including the University of Bridgeport, which canceled classes Thursday.

Sandbags were distributed in northeastern New Jersey, and Essex County jail inmates were pressed into duty filling them with sand normally used for snowstorms.

New Hampshire state workers passed out 46,000 sandbags and 550 well-testing kits in that state's hard-hit southwestern corner.

Alstead, N.H., a town of 2,000, saw at least 12 homes washed away and dozens more heavily damaged last weekend.

State lawmakers were organizing a fundraising effort — originally planned to help Hurricane Katrina victims — for New Hampshire flood victims.

The downpours came after a widespread dry spell, and in far western Virginia, officials warned that a reservoir that supplies water to 5,900 people could go dry this weekend, not only because of near-drought conditions but also because of drawdown of the Big Cherry Reservoir for construction of a new dam.

National Guard soldiers installed 20,000-gallon water-storage units throughout the town. They're also helping supply water to health care centers and schools and will distribute bottled water if needed.