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After Effects Of Ivan Linger

John Ferri rushed feverishly around his mud-soaked monument business over the weekend, cleaning off the granite gravestones with window cleaner and carrying out boxes of trash.

Next door, Mary Spice looked in disbelief at her apartment's soaked carpeting and wondered when the electricity would be turned back on.

Down the street, Brian Acheson shoveled several inches of mud from his offices.

The storm that was once Hurricane Ivan was long gone by Sunday, but it left rivers and small streams swollen beyond their banks and forced new evacuations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland.

"This was record devastation for us because we've never had a storm that cut so completely across the state," Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told the CBS News The Early Show on Monday.

For this 1.7-square mile Pittsburgh suburb, the culprit was Chartiers Creek, and residents said they have lost more than just furniture and carpeting.

"It's just so sad because for my family, this is historic," said Kristen Barber, whose family has owned the J.H. Ferri & Co. monument business since 1926.

Northeastern Pennsylvania and far northwestern New Jersey were soaked with 5 to 8 inches of rain in less than 24 hours Saturday, and that water rushed downstream Sunday, forecasters said.

The Delaware River flooded parts of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, prompting thousands to flee, and the Ohio River inundated parts of towns in West Virginia and Ohio. The Susquehanna River brought misery to east-central Pennsylvania and a corner of Maryland.

For the Susquehanna, the flood ranked among the five worst since record-keeping began in the 19th century, National Weather Service senior forecaster Mike Dangelo said.

In the state capital of Harrisburg, on the Susquehanna, the mayor's office reported more than 2,000 residents subject to evacuation, and the deluge closed streets and unmoored pleasure boats from docks. In the Wilkes-Barre area, the Susquehanna also caused extensive damage.

Conditions in the region were expected to slowly improve Monday and no more rain was expected for the next few days.

Hurricane Ivan and its remnants have been blamed for at least 52 deaths in the United States and 70 deaths in the Caribbean. Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were still without electricity Sunday, most of them in Florida and Alabama.

President Bush declared a disaster area Sunday for many counties in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Officials estimated that the flooding has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

Rendell, who toured hard-hit Allegheny County and parts of the Susquehanna by air Sunday, requested federal disaster aid for 42 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, and Bush declared disasters in 19 of them Sunday night. Rendell said more counties may be added as damage assessments are done.

At least 14,000 Pennsylvania residents were forced to flee their homes, according to a survey of county emergency management officials by The Associated Press, and emergency management officials attributed six deaths to the storm.

New Jersey's capital, Trenton, was also hard-hit. The Delaware crested around 23 1/2 feet there on Sunday night, well above the flood stage of 20 feet. The Statehouse and several other nearby state offices and buildings were closed Monday because garages and surrounding roads had been flooded. State Assembly and Senate meetings were canceled.

At Wheeling, W.Va., the Ohio River crested Sunday at about 9 feet above flood stage, submerging the city's riverfront park and amphitheater. It mostly covered the city's midriver Wheeling Island, which holds residential neighborhoods and Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming.

West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise spent Saturday night with evacuees on the gym floor at Wheeling Park High, one of several Red Cross shelter sites, after a brief tour of the area by road.

"I saw mobile homes uprooted and tossed downstream," he said Sunday. "I saw human lives uprooted."

A highway paralleling the West Virginia shore of the river was blocked in several places between Wheeling and Parkersburg, and the Ohio River bridge in New Martinsville was closed, state emergency officials said. Schools in some areas were closed Monday because roads were blocked by water and mudslides.

Wise asked for a federal disaster declaration for eight northern counties and expected to add more as he assessed weather-related damage by helicopter.

"We have had a lot of mudslides, debris on roads, slides we get cleaned up and an hour later the mud slides again," said Larry Rea, emergency services director for Brooke County, in West Virginia's northern panhandle.

About 1,700 people were out of their homes Sunday in eastern Ohio. The Ohio River crested at 9 feet above flood stage in the southeastern city of Marietta. Streets were underwater near the river, about 200 people had to leave their homes, and Mayor Michael Mullen predicted mud 6 inches deep would be left behind in downtown businesses.

"Our guys are putting snowplows on as we speak and getting ready to try to move the muck as soon as the water goes out," Mullen said. "It's going to be deep out there."

It was much the same in Port Deposit, a low-lying town on the Susquehanna in the northeast corner of Maryland.

"We've got lots of mud; we've got lots of debris," Deputy Mayor Kerry Abrams said Monday from an emergency command center at Town Hall. About 200 of the town's 700 residents were told to evacuate.

As President Bush viewed Hurricane Ivan wreckage on Alabama's coast Sunday, many in the state's rural hamlets felt they were not only without power or water — they also were without government help.

"We're just forgotten," said Atmore businessman Gordon Lightfoot. "Poor folks have a hard time getting around with no gas."

In Florida, the devastation in some areas is proving hard to confront with resources already stretched thin by previous hurricanes Charley and Frances.

"It's like 'Groundhog Day,'" said Punta Gorda, Fla., resident Georgia Pares - who's had to patch the same holes in the roof that were first made by Charley last month - referring to the movie in which Bill Murray's character lives one day over and over. "I get up every day and I look at the same thing. It's getting a little depressing."

Federal, state and local agencies say they're working as fast as they can, given the vast amount of rubble to pick up, roofs to patch, telephone and cable service to reconnect and insurance claims to process.

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