BOSTON, May 14 (UPI) -- The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire have declared states of emergency after torrential rainfall washed out roads and prompted evacuations.
Between 100 and 200 National Guard troops were activated and eight shelters were opened for evacuees across New Hampshire, the Manchester Union Leader reported.
"It's a very serious situation," said New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch Sunday afternoon, noting forecasters were predicting 12 to 15 inches of rain by the end of the storm in southern parts of the state.
In Boston, 2.03 inches of rain fell in just 12 hours Saturday, said William Babcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass., the Boston Globe reported.
The rain was predicted to continue through Tuesday and dump at least 5 more inches across Eastern Massachusetts.
Frederick Laskey, executive director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, said the agency had activated back-up generators at the Deer Island Sewage Treatment Plant to prevent a power outage like one that hit the station last November -- causing some 25 million gallons of untreated sewage to empty into Quincy Bay.
"We're basically at or near capacity on all our major facilities, and it's running without incident," Laskey said.