Torrential rainfall generated widespread flooding across western New England and parts of New York State on Monday, flooding homes and washing away roads and bridges as people were stranded in vehicles.
In Vermont, where flooding was expected to intensify throughout the day, officials said about 20 people so far had been rescued by boat, with another two dozen evacuated from homes. And at least one person, a woman in her 30s, died in the flooding in New York’s Hudson Valley, the authorities said.
While the water has receded in some parts of the region, said Steven M. Neuhaus, the county executive in Orange County, N.Y., the damage to roads and bridges has made it difficult for search-and-rescue teams to fan out and check on residents. “There’s some people that could have been swept away,” he said in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
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The National Weather Service in Burlington warned of “life-threatening flash flooding” continuing across Vermont on Monday, telling residents not to walk or drive into floodwaters and predicting that an additional six inches could fall in some areas.
The downpour was generating flash flooding in five counties across northern Vermont, where up to three inches of rain have fallen so far, the Weather Service said. In central Vermont, Addison, Orange, Rutland and Windsor counties are at risk of a flash flood through the early afternoon.
The Hudson Valley of New York bore the brunt of the storm on Sunday, with as much as eight inches of rain recorded in some areas. Parts of the heavily traveled Palisades Interstate Parkway were impassable, and several bridges collapsed. Read more about the flooding in New York over the weekend.
The person who was killed in the Hudson Valley had been trying to evacuate from her home while carrying a pet when she lost her footing and was swept into a ravine, said Mr. Neuhaus, the county executive.
Transportation difficulties were continuing Monday through the region. Dozens of flights were canceled out of LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports in New York on Monday morning, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking service. More than 30 flights were also canceled out of Boston Logan International Airport, and Amtrak services were suspended between New York City and Albany on Monday.
Forecasters with the Weather Prediction Center said that many areas in central and northern New England have received 200 to 300 percent of their normal rainfall over the past 14 days. Streams are already running abnormally fast, with some at record flows.
The relentless rainfall was inundating an area that suffered major flood damage in 2011, as Hurricane Irene surged up the East Coast, washing away infrastructure and homes.
Claire Moses contributed reporting.