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US homeland head sees flooding, considers more aid

 Hicham Ghamrawi, of Cranston, R.I., originally of Lebanon, maneuvers around a freezer case that floodwaters jammed against the front door of his conv...
 Al LaPorte, an employee at an electrical company in Cranston, R.I., checks the engine of a company truck that was flooded by the waters of the Pawtux...
 Ron Chopoorian, a volunteer at Cranston League for Cranston's Future, a boys and girls youth organization, sweeps water out of the gymnasium, Friday,...
 Ron Chopoorian, a volunteer at Cranston League for Cranston's Future, a boys and girls youth organization, sweeps water out of the gymnasium, Friday,...
 Mark Turek surveys the damage in the basement of his Providence, R.I., home, on Friday, April 2, 2010. The basement had been flooded with 4 feet of w...
 Ken Reuter, owner of an electrical company in Cranston, R.I., moves a new flat-screen TV that was damaged by floodwater in his office, Friday, April ...
 U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assesses flood damage while on an aerial tour over Rhode Island, Friday, April 2, 2010. (AP Photo/G...
 U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, right, listens to Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri, as he points out the worst flood damage to hi...

APTOPIX Northeast Flooding

Hicham Ghamrawi, of Cranston, R.I., originally of Lebanon, maneuvers around a freezer case that floodwaters jammed against the front door of his conv...

Northeast Flooding

Al LaPorte, an employee at an electrical company in Cranston, R.I., checks the engine of a company truck that was flooded by the waters of the Pawtux...

Northeast Flooding

Ron Chopoorian, a volunteer at Cranston League for Cranston's Future, a boys and girls youth organization, sweeps water out of the gymnasium, Friday,...

Northeast Flooding

Ron Chopoorian, a volunteer at Cranston League for Cranston's Future, a boys and girls youth organization, sweeps water out of the gymnasium, Friday,...

Northeast Flooding

Mark Turek surveys the damage in the basement of his Providence, R.I., home, on Friday, April 2, 2010. The basement had been flooded with 4 feet of w...

Northeast Flooding

Ken Reuter, owner of an electrical company in Cranston, R.I., moves a new flat-screen TV that was damaged by floodwater in his office, Friday, April ...

US Northeast Flooding

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assesses flood damage while on an aerial tour over Rhode Island, Friday, April 2, 2010. (AP Photo/G...

US Northeast Flooding

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, right, listens to Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri, as he points out the worst flood damage to hi...

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano flew over flooded swaths of Rhode Island on Friday, calling the damage significant and saying she's considering a plea by officials for additional federal aid for the economically battered state.
Some areas of the northeastern state were still under water after three days of pounding rain throughout the region this week sent rivers overflowing to record levels, hitting Rhode Island harder than any other state.
The National Weather Service said it did not expect the Pawtuxet River, source of much of the flooding, to go below flood stage until at least Sunday.
President Barack Obama had already declared a disaster in much of the state. That triggers some federal money, but the state is required to pick up some of the tab.
In a news conference with Napolitano on Friday, the state's congressional delegation pressed for more federal help in the form of grants, rather than loans. Rep. Jim Langevin, whose district was hardest hit, says families, individuals and businesses need the help as soon as possible.
Carcieri has said ithe worst flooding to hit the state in at least 200 years might have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.
Shopping malls, small businesses and mills are still under water in the state, which has nearly 13 percent of its residents unemployed.


Updated : 2021-01-28 14:29 GMT+08:00