Flooding blamed for death of elderly Pa. motorist

Associated Press
A pedestrian shields herself from the weather with an umbrella during a rainstorm in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 10, 2011. Flood watches are in effect across much of Pennsylvania as rain moves into the state, threatening to raise already swollen waterways out of their banks. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Flooding caused by several inches of rain is being blamed for the death of an elderly Pennsylvania man whose car was swept away by the rising waters.

Schyulkill County Coroner Joseph Lipsett says 74-year-old David Sallada was killed Thursday night after he drove around barricades blocking a water-covered road and his car was swept into a creek about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

In New Jersey, the rain is ending and the National Weather Service plans to drop the flood watch for the state.

However, flooding remains a problem in northern New Jersey where several communities have been swamped.

New York state from Manhattan to the Canadian border is under a flood watch as heavy rains and melting snow have closed some roads in New York City's northern suburbs and the Adirondacks.

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