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Vermont's Otter Creek during  spring flood in 2007. Photo: <a href="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/179/437135973_31a897d666_o_d.jpg">Jim Something</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont's Otter Creek during spring flood in 2007. Photo: Jim Something, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rains add to flood threat in Vermont, parts of NH and ME

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Heavy rains and melting snow and ice have pushed rivers toward or above flood stage in northern New England.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for most counties in Vermont. Emergency management officials say a number of state and local roads are closed due to high water and more are expected to close as rivers crest.

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In Montpelier, officials are urging downtown residents and business owners to prepare for flooding. Lake Champlain is expected to reach its flood stage on Thursday.

The weather service has also issued flood watches and warnings for parts of New Hampshire and Maine. Forecasters are warning motorists not to drive on flooded roads or bridges.

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