According to Accuweather.com, the evacuation order for 200,000 Pennsylvanians finally was lifted June 29 when levees held against the flooded Susquehanna River. Between June 22 and 28, more than 15 inches of rain fell in Federalsburg, Md. Washington, D.C., received nearly 13.5 inches, while a large amount of northeastern Pennsylvania had at least 10 inches. New York City only had 1.5 inches of rain, and in Allentown, Pa., 6.25 inches.
According to the Associated Press, New York Gov. George Pataki estimated property damage to be close to $100 million.
Accuweather.com reported that the Susquehanna crested the 41-foot levee at just over 34 feet. Pennsylvania officials said they believed the levees would hold back flood waters from vulnerable areas around Wilkes-Barre; yet they still ordered the evacuation of between 150- and 200,000 residents. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said June 29 that the Delaware River was still the main concern, as it had risen at that point to nearly 36 feet near the Easton-Phillipsburg Bridge, where the flood stage is 22 feet.
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