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Emergency crews faced widespread damage to infrastructure (NCPR file photos)
Emergency crews faced widespread damage to infrastructure (NCPR file photos)

Year of the Floods, Part Four: On the Front Lines of Disaster

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This week during our pledge drive we've been looking back at the Year of the Floods. Spring rains last April sparked widespread flooding from the St. Lawrence Valley to the shores of Lake Champlain.

Then came the sudden, devastating blow of tropical storm Irene in August. Flash floods triggered by that storm destroyed dozens of homes, ripping out roads and power lines.

In this fourth part of our series, Brian Mann looks back at how the disasters tested emergency responders in the North Country like never before.

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Reporter Brian Mann during one of his tours of the flood-hit area

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Adirondack Bureau Chief

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