Flooding on a scale rarely seen in New England forced hundreds of people from their homes Wednesday, overwhelmed sewage systems to the point that families were asked to stop flushing toilets, and washed out bridges and highways from Maine to Connecticut. Hardest hit by three days of record-breaking rain was Rhode Island, where the worst flooding in 200 years could persist for several more days and permanently close businesses already struggling in the weak economy. Flood waters surround the Warwick Mall in Warwick, R.I., Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Rhode Island rivers overflowed their banks, causing flooding and road closures after three days of record breaking rains. A submerged car sits on Dickinson Road March 31, 2010 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Heavy rains over the last few days have caused widespread flooding in New England, with rivers cresting well over high marks in what officials are calling a 50 year storm. Wayne Tavares takes what he can and evacuates his Perkins Street home as the Pawtuxett River over flows causing evacutions March 30, 2010 in Cranston, Rhode Island. The second major rain storm of March hammered the Northeast today causing flooding and evacuations. National Guard troops were activated in Massachusetts and Rhode Island where a state of emergency was declared.