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Essex ferry dock when the flooding was at its worst (File photo/Brian Mann)
Essex ferry dock when the flooding was at its worst (File photo/Brian Mann)

Essex ferry reopens, DEC investigates

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The Lake Champlain Transportation Company says regular ferry service between Essex, New York, and Charlotte, Vermont resumed this morning at 6 am. The company says it was able to reopen the flooded dock on the New York shore after it dumped fifty dumptruck loads of gravel onto the approach route.

Local residents are thrilled that the crossing is open, but state Environmental officials are investigating whether the work was done without proper permits and safeguards. Martha Foley reports.

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Martha Foley
News and Public Affairs Director

The ferry dock in Essex was submerged in late April as the lake surged to record high flood levels, forcing the company to suspend service. 

According to a release issued by the firm yesterday, fifty truckloads of gravel were layered on top of the approach road in Essex in order to raise it and make it usable.

Essex town supervisor Sharon Boisen says it’s great news for her community that ferry service is being restored.

It's extremely important to the town.  It's an integral part of our livelihood and activity for the summer season," she said.

A large number of commuters also use the ferry to reach work on opposite shores of Lake Champlain. 

Work on the ferry dock project was temporarily halted earlier this week by New York’s Conservation Department.

DEC spokesman David Winchell says the Lake Champlain Transportation Company began work on the approach ramp without seeking a state permit. 

He says construction of the ramp was allowed to resume yesterday after measures were taken to control silt and debris flowing into the lake.

State officials say an investigation is still underway. 

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