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Winnoski River on Friday at Winooski, VT. Photo: Sarah Harris
Winnoski River on Friday at Winooski, VT. Photo: Sarah Harris

Flooding update: where the danger is greatest

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The National Weather Service says more heavy rain is in the forecast for much of the North Country today -- and that could mean serious flooding in parts of the region.

Flood warnings and flash flood watches are in effect today from the St. Lawrence Valley through the Adirondacks to the Champlain Valley and Vermont.

According to National Weather Service officials in Burlington, locally heavy downpours today could "cause flooding in a short period of time."

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Rain has been unrelenting for the past few weeks — meaning that rivers and lakes across the region are swollen and approaching flood stage.

Lake Champlain is less than a foot away from flooding.

Flooded field at Burlington Intervale. Photo: Sarah Harris
Flooded field at Burlington Intervale. Photo: Sarah Harris
In Vermont, heavy rains have washed out roads in Essex, Underhill, Huntington, and Brookfield. Last night 4A from West Rutland to Castleton was closed because of flooding.

Several farms in Burlington’s Intervale reported that their fields had flooded.

Last week two swimmers drowned in fast-moving water.  Officials are urging Vermonters to stay away from swimming holes and rivers.  

Rain will continue today.

Again, Vermont and the Adirondacks are under a flash flood watch until late tonight.

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