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Flooding remains in parts of Long Island

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Major flooding on the Southern State Parkway near Belmont Ave. Aug. 13, 2014 (MyFoxNY) Major flooding on the Southern State Parkway near Belmont Ave. Aug. 13, 2014 (MyFoxNY)
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The cleanup has begun in some parts of Long Island while others continue to deal with flooding from heavy rain fall that began late Tuesday and intensified on Wednesday.

More than 13 inches of rain fell in Islip; the most rainfall in a 24 hour period in New York State history.

One person was killed during a crash on the Long Island Expressway on Wednesday as extreme flooding impacted the area.

The driver of an SUV died when he lost control of his Jeep Liberty and was struck from behind by a tractor trailer. The impact sent his vehicle into a cement center divide and became fully engulfed in flames.

The name of the victim was not immediately released. The driver of the truck, Joseph Bonilla Jr., 52, of Central Islip, suffered minor injuries.

Rain pounded the area on Wednesday which lead to flooding on the Southern State Parkway, Northern State Parkway, LIE and Sunrise Highway. Hundreds of cars were submerged in water and drivers had to be rescued.

Two fast-acting Suffolk County cops saved an elderly man who was trapped inside his car as it filled with water, police said.

Officers Thomas Wilson and Matthew Detleff were directing traffic away from the flooding on North Ocean Avenue in Coram when the driver of a Subaru appeared to become disoriented and drove right into the flooded and got stranded, police said.

As the water filled the car, the officers waded and then swam the through the water and rescued Anthony Monticciolo, 86, of Centereach, from his car, police said.

At County Road 83 in Suffolk County, rafts were deployed to bring stranded motorists to safety.

More than 13 inches of rain fell in Islip over 24 hours. In fact, the National Weather Service said Islip has broken its record for total rainfall in August with 13.88 inches so far. Its previous record of 13.78 inches was set in 1990. Lingering showers were possible throughout the day.

The National Weather Service said the rain was the largest event on record for New York State in a 24-hour period.

Residents reported flooding in homes and outside them. Local drainage systems can only handle five inches of rain over a 24-hour period.

Submerged vehicles were up to their windows and above with water.

The Southern State Parkway was closed in both directions near Belmont Ave. Dozens of cars were submerged on the major roadway. Tow trucks were called in to help rescue stranded drivers and their vehicles.

Flooding along the Northern State Parkway lead to closures near Route 106 and Route 107. State troopers later reopened all parkways on Long Island.

The LIRR suspended rail service in both directions between Kings Park and Port Jefferson because of flooding conditions east of the Smithtown Station.

New Jersey also saw extensive flooding.

Several homes were evacuated along Rhonda Drive in Milville. Nearly nine inches of rain fell at Millville Airport in Cumberland County between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

There was more than seven inches in Stafford, more than five inches at Atlantic City airport and in Manasquan, and more than four inches in Tabernacle.

NJ Transit buses were honoring North Jersey Coast Line tickets because flooding made it difficult for workers to reach trains in the Bay Head Rail Yard.

More than 2,160 homes and businesses were without electricity in the Garden State by Wednesday morning.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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