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    Nightmare in the Northeast from Deadly Flooding

    September 8, 2011; 6:58 PM ET
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    Members of Cambria County Water Rescue save a woman from her home in Swatara Township, Pa. on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Late the night before, the flood waters of the Swatara Creek started pouring into Macloed's house but it was too dark for her to evacuate. (AP Photo/Daniel Shanken)

    At least nine deaths have been blamed on Lee.

    Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in the Northeast, as the worst flooding since Agnes in 1972 is under way along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and New York. Levees along the swollen river could be breached.

    Pennsylvania is under a Level 1 flood emergency, the highest level possible.

    The catastrophic flooding taking place is the result of Lee's remnants. Many of the affected areas were just starting to get cleaned up after Irene hit two weeks ago.

    Buildings Being Engulfed in Flood Waters

    Thousands of homes and businesses are flooded from Maryland into eastern Pennsylvania and central New York. Streets in downtown areas have been transformed into raging rivers, as show in this video from Ellicot City, Md., Wednesday.

    In the Hershey area of Pennsylvania, a Pizza Hut and McDonald's were almost completely submerged in flood waters Wednesday.

    These photos and videos show just how bad the situation has been.

    Pizza Hut under water in Hershey, Pa. (TwitPic from @ChristyFromPA)

    Amusement Parks and Zoos Flooded

    Both Hersheypark and ZooAmerica in Hershey, Pa., have been flooded.

    The flood waters rose too quickly at ZooAmerica for some animals to be evacuated. Two bison at ZooAmerica could not be rescued and were euthanized. Reports say there were other animals that didn't make it.

    Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pa., was also flooded Wednesday.

    Flooded Hersheypark with a view of roller coasters Storm Runner & Trail Blazer. (Facebook photo from Britt Eisenhauer)

    Closures of Major Highways and Interstates

    Sections of major highways and interstates have been closed due to river flooding.

    Portions of Interstates 80 and 81, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Schuylkill Expressway, which runs through Philadelphia, and Route 322 are closed. Parts of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Schuylkill Expressway have already taken on water.

    Route 322 is a major artery through Pennsylvania connecting Erie to Philadelphia. If 322 remains closed into the weekend, that could prevent thousands of college football fans from making it in to State College, Pa., for the Penn State vs. Alabama game Saturday.

    Flooding along Interstate 80 W near Buckhorn, Pa. (from WNEP-TV via Facebook)

    Rivers Rising Past Record Levels

    Rivers are rising near or past record levels from eastern Pennsylvania into central New York, rivaling or surpassing those of Agnes in 1972. Downtown Harrisburg will be flooded. Levees could be breached along the Susquehanna River.

    AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski has details on the disastrous river flooding situation the Northeast is facing.

    What We're Covering on AccuWeather.com:

    Pictures and videos Thursday

    Pictures and videos Wednesday

    Worst flooding since Agnes

    Dams, levees, bridges being tested in the mid-Atlantic

    More on the river flooding throughout the Northeast, mid-Atlantic

    What to do when flash flooding breaks out

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