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USGS: flooding "off the charts"

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Waters are still high as communities across the North Country and northern Vermont stare down the devastation of this spring's record floods.

Damages are in the millions, with reports still being tallied. Rivers are generally very high, but below flood stage. Lake Champlain was still well over 102 feet at the ferry dock in Burlington this morning, with the Weather Service predicting the water will go down very slowly.

New York Congressman Bill Owens toured parts of Essex County again Friday. According to the Plattsburgh Press Republican he's "very confident" President Barack Obama will declare a statewide disaster for New York and that aid will be available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Owens said, communities will see fast response with (aid for) municipal damages, bridges, roads. But he said aid for individuals may be slower."

The congressman also said he's been told this was a 500 year flood...

US Geological Survey hydrologist Tom Suro doesn't put that kind of number on the combination of rain and spring meltwater. But he says it's the worst in the USGS records, and something he never expected to see in his lifetime. He spoke with Martha Foley Friday.

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Martha Foley
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