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Bethany Garretson of Keene Valley and her sister Mallory Garretson of Cherry Valley at the finisherer bell at Berkley Green in downtown Saranac Lake. They were the first women to finish the Saranac Lake 6er, held during late season rain and snow. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Bethany Garretson of Keene Valley and her sister Mallory Garretson of Cherry Valley at the finisherer bell at Berkley Green in downtown Saranac Lake. They were the first women to finish the Saranac Lake 6er, held during late season rain and snow. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Flooding fears have eased; but a tough day for 6ers

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Water levels remain high this morning on Ausable River in Essex County and the Indian River in Hamilton County -- but flooding fears have eased across the North Country and Vermont.

First responders were on high alert over the holiday weekend, as rivers rose under heavy rain.

The National Weather Service in Burlington says more than five inches of rain fell over parts of the Adirondacks over the last week.

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Some higher elevations saw significant snowfall, with frost warnings still in effect this morning.

The tough weather didn't delay the start of the Saranac Lake "6er" challenge, with a dozen hikers climbing six Adirondack mountains on Saturday.

Loring Porter from Lake Placid braved snow and rain to summit the half-dozen peaks in 10 hours and 22 minutes.

Saranac Lake Mayor Clyd Rabideau said in a statement that roughly 90 climbers "endured unusually harsh May weather" to join the challenge.

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