Apr 16, 2014 — Despite last night's cold weather, flood watches and warnings remain in effect for all of the North Country and Vermont. Significant flooding, sparked by rain and snow melt, has already been reported in much of the region, with a state of emergency declared in St. Lawrence County and roads closed by high water in many counties.
At this hour, the National Weather Service is reporting moderate flooding on the Black River in Watertown and the the Hudson River at North Creek.
A National Grid substation on Rt. 53 in St. Lawrence County was inundated by water on Tuesday, but National Grid spokeswoman Virginia Limmiatis says the 1300 customers served by that substation are now getting their power from another feeder.
The high water is also putting pressure on the region's dams. On the east branch of the St. Regis River in St. Regis Falls, a hydro dam owned by Azure Mountain Power was damaged this week by ice and high water. Go to full article
Apr 15, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State and federal environmental officials in New York are changing the way they prepare for oil spills.
The state's Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it's working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to revise and update its plans for preventing and responding to spills.
The process also includes emergency response drills by federal authorities and improvements to maps that detail environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands. Go to full article
Apr 15, 2014 — North Country rivers are running high with snow melt. And officials are warning of more water to come. Two inches of rain, possibly mixing with snow, are forecast into...Go to full article
Apr 09, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State environmental regulators are reminding New Yorkers that residential brush burning is prohibited in towns with less than 20,000 residents until May 14... Go to full article