Rouses Point, NY, May 05, 2011 — Many parts of the North Country were hit by more than two inches of rain yesterday. Onchiota in the Saranac River valley received the biggest dump -- with just over 2.5 inches.
For the first time ever, rain-swollen rivers pushed Lake Champlain to 103.1 feet, the highest level ever recorded, and the water is still rising.
Flooding in Lake Champlain's South Bay near Whitehall forced Amtrak to suspend train service between Albany and Montreal yesterday.
Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said train passengers were being taken by bus from Albany to Montreal.
Regular train service is expected to resume later today.
The National Weather Service is predicting stiff west winds this afternoon that could push 3-foot high waves against the shoreline.
Roads and homes along the coast of Lake Champlain have already seen millions of dollars in damage over the last week.
On Thursday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin told the Burlington Free Press that he expected "more bad news to come" for communities along the Lake Champlain shoreline.
Vermont transportation workers were working yesterday to shore up US Highway 2, which leads to the Champlain Islands and to the ferry crossing to New York.