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By The Associated Press
Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

HARRISBURG -- The National Weather Service says last month was Pennsylvania's wettest September on record with 9.71 inches of rain.

Hydrologist Charles Ross at the agency's State College office said Thursday that's based on records going back 117 years.

Rain from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee set off flooding throughout eastern Pennsylvania on a scale not seen since Hurricane Agnes in 1972. Thousands of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

September's rainfall was 6.25 inches above average. But it was good news for some parts of the state.

On Thursday, the state Department of Environmental Protection says it lifted a drought watch declaration that had been in effect in Cameron, Elk, McKean and Potter counties in northwestern Pennsylvania.

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