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It did flood ten or twelve homes, four or five of them quite severely. There are some displaced people staying with friends and family.

Massive winter storm forces emergency declarations, home evacuations

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The winter storm that began on Sunday and continued through Monday afternoon dumped more than two feet of snow to some parts of the North Country.

Bloomingdale in Franklin County was walloped by 32 inches of snow, with Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake close behind with 29 inches. Todd Moe has details.

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Hardest hit was the town of Jay in Essex County, where ice dams forced the Ausable River from its banks. Donald Jaquish is Essex County’s emergency services coordinator.

"It did flood ten or twelve homes, four or five of them quite severely.  They had to disconnect the power on several of them and there are some displaced people who are staying with firends and family."

Essex County declared a state of emergency and the North Country chapter of the American Red Cross also set up a shelter in Jay yesterday afternoon. 

The storm also brought sleet and freezing rain.  Jaquish says clean-up efforts yesterday were hampered by wind and water.

"Winds, drifts, a lot of drifting snow on highways. The road crews and plows were having trouble keeping up with it.  And we had flooding on 73 in the hamlet of Keene Valley in the town of Keene. DOT worked on that for some time and finally I think they've got it so it's not flooding across the roadway anymore."

A number of towns in the region, including Long Lake, are still under a state of emergency as they struggle to clear roads.

Brooke Taber of the National Weather Service in Burlington says warmer temperatures and rain is on the way this week, which means more flooding is possible.

"We added a lot of water to the previous snowpack and the potential for some springtime floods will remain high across the region," he warned.

 Taber says the National Weather Service will be keeping an eye on the Au Sable River and on the Salmon River near Fort Covington.  

 "Area waterways rose fairly quickly and they’re still fairly elevated across most of the region and that threat of ice jams with minor low lying flooding and some roads being impacted will continue."

 But Donald Jaquish, with Essex County, says for the moment the Ausable River appears to be flowing freely.

 "Right now, the threat is minimal because it's open down in the Ausable Forks area and it's moved down stream.  So I don't see another ice jam that'll cause the water to rise rapidly."

 The National Weather Service says the storm is still causing serious problems in some homes across the region because of snow-blocked vents.

Vermont emergency crews have already responded to numerous carbon monoxide fire alarms.

Also, the National Weather Service is warning that the large wet snow pack could collapse more roofs on homes and barns and in the region.

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