A massive winter storm that dumped as much as 3 feet of snow on the eastern United States raised flood waters in communities up and down the Atlantic Coast Saturday, closing roads and prompting evacuations. The first round of flooding came with the morning tide. As water began overflowing into streets in some towns again Saturday night, officials said the nighttime flooding wasn’t expected to be as severe.

A string of resort towns was temporarily isolated Saturday morning by floodwater that inundated homes and restaurants. “A lot of properties have water in them. But it may not be until later Sunday that they can assess the damage,” said Diane Wieland, a spokeswoman for Cape May County. Officials in other states, from North Carolina to New York, expressed similar concerns. By late Saturday morning, some people already had seen enough havoc. FULL REPORT