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Governor Cuomo, Sen. Little and Essex County chairman Randy Douglas
Governor Cuomo, Sen. Little and Essex County chairman Randy Douglas

Governor Cuomo declares official disaster in Essex County

Just after noon on Friday Governor Andrew Cuomo arrived by helicopter in the flood-ravaged community of Moriah, in the Champlain Valley.

After touring two sites where bridges collapsed following torrential rains, the governor declared that Essex County has official "disaster" status.  Go to full article
Sandbagging along the Saranac River below the Broadway bridge. Photos: Mark Kurtz.
Sandbagging along the Saranac River below the Broadway bridge. Photos: Mark Kurtz.

Flooding hits North Country as heavy rains continue

Widespread and heavy flooding has struck much of the North Country in the last twenty-four hours, as torrential rains, winds and even a tornado warning in Hamilton County have caused widespread disruptions.

Emergency officials say dozens of highways and a number of bridges have been washed out across the region.

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that Mineville-Witherbee fire chief Paul Tromblee was taken to Fletcher Allen hospital after a road collapsed under his vehicle.

Tromblee suffered a cervical injury but is described by the newspaper as in "fair" condition.

According to the National Weather Service, the Ausable River crested yesterday at more than three feet above flood stage.

Major flooding is still being reported at Rouses Point where Lake Champlain remains nearly two feet above flood stage.

Significant flooding and road damage has also been reported along the banks of the Schroon, the Raquette, and the Hudson rivers.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, some homes in the region were completely swamped by the rising water.

Brian Mann has been following the story in Saranac Lake, where emergency crews have been struggling to manage a dangerous glut of water pouring down from the Saranac chain of lakes.  Go to full article
The abandoned port of entry on Cornwall Island.
The abandoned port of entry on Cornwall Island.

Border agent standoff lingers on Cornwall Island

The Canadian government announced Tuesday it will begin building a new bridge between Cornwall and Cornwall Island next spring. The lower, shorter span will open up acres of land along the St. Lawrence River. City of Cornwall and Mohawk officials applauded the project, which will cost $75 million.

We'll have more next week on what the new bridge could mean for the ex-paper mill town of Cornwall. Construction was to have begun last summer.

But a standoff between Canadian border officials and Akwesasne Mohawks delayed the project and led to the closure of the customs checkpoint on Cornwall Island. The dispute over arming border agents shut down the international bridge between Cornwall and Massena for six weeks.

Today, Canada still operates a make shift checkpoint in the city of Cornwall. Locals report delays of up to two hours. Canadian and tribal officials haven't met in months. And Mohawks on Cornwall Island say they're stuck in a netherworld between two borders. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
New Lake Champlain bridge is projected to open in Summer 2011.
New Lake Champlain bridge is projected to open in Summer 2011.

DOT says new Lake Champlain bridge won?t be derailed by budget crisis

The budget crisis in Albany is threatening to bring state construction projects to a standstill. But New York's Department of Transportation says the effort to rebuild the Lake Champlain bridge at Crown Point is still on track. With eighty percent of the funding coming from the Federal government, the project appears to be insulated from most of the chaos in the state capital. But as Brian Mann reports, many local residents still worry that the bridge could be delayed.  Go to full article
Governor David Paterson was in Crown Point, as workers were still removing wreckage from the old Lake Champlain Bridge
Governor David Paterson was in Crown Point, as workers were still removing wreckage from the old Lake Champlain Bridge

Governor: Crown Point-Addison ferry to open on Sunday

Governor David Paterson was in the North Country yesterday, announcing that a new, temporary ferry will begin serving Crown Point and Addison Vermont as early as this weekend. The Lake Champlain bridge closed in mid-October after inspectors founds the concrete pilings were disintegrating. As Brian Mann reports, residents and business-owners in the Champlain Valley see the new ferry as another big step toward returning their lives to normal.  Go to full article

Officials seek money to fix international bridge

A state report says the international bridge between Ogdenbsurg and Prescott, Ontario is in "urgent need" of repair. The bridge over the St. Lawrence River rates 4.3, or "partially deficient", on a 7-point scale used by the Department of Transportation. The report by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warns closing the bridge would cost the region millions of dollars in commerce and tourism. Local officials say they welcome the attention of the Comptroller's report. They hope it'll attract the $75 million needed to repair the 50-year-old span. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Champlain bridge to be demolished at 10am; WATCH ONLINE

State officials still sound confident that today is the day they'll demolish the Crown Point bridge. Cold weather delayed the countdown last week. But this morning at 10am engineers plan to trigger more than 800 pounds of explosives, knocking the massive structure into Lake Champlain. Brian Mann is in the Chaplain Valley and spoke this morning with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
DOT will destroy the steel supports under the Lake Champlain bridge (Source:  DOT)
DOT will destroy the steel supports under the Lake Champlain bridge (Source: DOT)

Bridge demolition postponed until Monday

As we've been hearing this morning, the eighty-year-old Crown Point bridge will survive for a little bit longer. The historic structure was slated for demolition this morning at 10 am. But the big moment has been delayed until Monday morning at ten. Brian Mann was in Ticonderoga for a briefing by Department of Transportation officials yesterday and he spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Modified network tied arch bridge design. Source: NYSDOT
Modified network tied arch bridge design. Source: NYSDOT

North Country leaders choose new Crown Point bridge concept

An advisory committee has recommended a last-minute design as the replacement for the closed Lake Champlain Bridge, set to be demolished in the coming weeks. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
A temporary ferry service will ease traffic woes at Crown Point caused by bridge failure
A temporary ferry service will ease traffic woes at Crown Point caused by bridge failure

Construction of new ferry access at Crown Point begins

State officials say construction has begun on a new vehicle ferry that will run between Crown Point and Addison Vermont. A ferry made test runs at the site yesterday. Meanwhile, state officials have unveiled a new multi-million dollar aid package designed to help residents stranded by the bridge closure. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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