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Some of the most serious flooding to hit the state in 70 years plagued dozens of cities and towns in May, particularly in the Merrimack Valley, with more than 1,500 people leaving their homes and millions of gallons of raw sewage pouring into the Merrimack River. At left, flooding in Methuen.  <img src='http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/File-Based_Image_Resource/dingbat_arrow_icon.gif' alt='' title='' height='9' width='4' border='0' /> More coverage
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Floods of 2006
Some of the most serious flooding to hit the state in 70 years plagued dozens of cities and towns in May, particularly in the Merrimack Valley, with more than 1,500 people leaving their homes and millions of gallons of raw sewage pouring into the Merrimack River. At left, flooding in Methuen.  More coverage
(Globe Staff Photo / David L. Ryan)