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We're in for some turbulent times in the next couple of days.

Lake Champlain flooding worsens, hitting Plattsburgh, Rouses Point

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The National Weather Service says as much as half an inch of rain is possible today in parts of the North Country. The hardest hit area this morning is Lake Champlain which is expected to continue rising this week toward a new record flood stage of 102.9 feet. Brian Mann has an update.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

More homes were evacuated yesterday in several areas in Plattsburgh and in Rouses Point yesterday as stiff winds pushed more lake water ashore.

Mayor Donald Kasprzak told the Plattsburgh Press Republican that buildings were experiencing "severe damage." 

"We've had to cut off power due to safety concerns,” he told the newspaper.

Sections of Rt. 9 and Margaret Street were closed because of highwater.

Speaking yesterday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin told the Burlington Free Press that the Champlain valley is quote “not through the crisis.

”We’re in for some turbulent times in the next couple of days,” Shumlin added.

Water on the lake is expected to remain as much as three feet above flood stage through the weekend.  The good news is that a south wind that had been compounding the problem is expected to ease today.

On the Quebec side of the border, meanwhile, Canadian officials were warning residents in Missisquoi Bay and along the Richilieu River to expect another week of heavy flooding as Lake Champlain drains northward.

According to the Montreal Gazette, 1600 homes in Quebec have already been hit by high water.

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