Record-Rainfall in Northeast Leaves Maryland, Pennsylvania Swamped

People are being rescued from homes along the East Coast as record-setting rainfall continues to pound Maryland and Pennsylvania.

State officials say they’ve had to rescue more than 70 people from their homes and cars since the relentless downpours started five days ago.

In Maryland, the rain and soggy ground brought down trees and some of the crest gates on this dam had to be opened to lower the water levels.

Meteorologists call this weather event an “atmospheric river,” meaning the rainwater is coming straight from the Atlantic like a firehose.

Across the region, bridges are washed out and roads have been ripped up.

Sinkholes opened up in Pennsylvania.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected throughout the region almost daily for the next two weeks.