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Flooded homes last week in Tupper Lake. Photo: Jim Bisson.
Flooded homes last week in Tupper Lake. Photo: Jim Bisson.

Lake and rivers recede, but flooding still problem

A mostly rain-free weekend has brought much needed relief to the flood-stricken North Country. But for people whose basements are inundated or whose houses are surrounded by water, the danger isn't over. And the recovery is just beginning.

Lake Champlain has receded slightly to 102.9 feet at Rouses Point. Flood stage is 100 feet. In the town of Champlain, crews were bringing sandbags and supplies over the weekend to families isolated by flooding. Highway superintendent Allen Racine told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican "it's like a war zone."

The Raquette River drew down below 10 feet over the weekend. But some homes in Colton, Potsdam, and Norwood are still under water. David Sommerstein spoke with St. Lawrence County Emergency Services director Marty Hassett this morning.  Go to full article
Emergency crews stacking sandbags in the rain Tuesday.
Emergency crews stacking sandbags in the rain Tuesday.

Fresh worries and some accusations in Colton

Brookfield Renewable Power says it's steadily releasing water down the Raquette River to make room for the latest rainfall. In a press release, the company says it'll be several days before an "appreciable decline" in water levels is seen. In the town of Colton, the river's receded several inches over the last few days. But that's likely to change due to last night and today's heavy rain. Meanwhile, some residents are pointing fingers at the company that operates the Raquette's many dams. David Sommerstein was in Colton yesterday and has this report.  Go to full article
Homes along the Gulf Rd. in Colton were surrounded by the Raquette on Sunday.  The road was closed except for local traffic.
Homes along the Gulf Rd. in Colton were surrounded by the Raquette on Sunday. The road was closed except for local traffic.

Water levels uncertain down the Raquette

The company that manages the hydroelectric dams downstream from Tupper Lake along the Raquette River says it's starting to see water levels go down. But with more rain in the forecast, it's not clear if that trend will hold. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Sandbagging at the Finish Line in Colton.
Sandbagging at the Finish Line in Colton.

Bracing for more water on the Raquette

Brookfield Renewable Power, which operates the dams along the Raquette River, had to release water several times Wednesday and Thursday, yielding rising water levels in Colton, Potsdam, and Norwood. The worst flooding was in Colton. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

A Swedish rite of spring

It's spring and there is no shortage of rituals and traditions surrounding the arrival of the season of renewal. Many early peoples celebrated for the basic reason that their food supplies would soon be restored. Longer days and more sunlight are a big deal here in the North Country, as well as parts of Canada, Alaska and northern Europe. Colton artist Irja Boden grew up in Sweden where longer days begin as a speck on the late-winter horizon.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County conservation deal finalized

One of the last big conservation deals negotiated by the Pataki administration has been finalized. Nearly 52,000 acres in St. Lawrence County will be protected under the deal, according to a statement issued today by DEC commissioner Pete Grannis. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Giving Voice: Downstream in Stone Valley

Rather than find someone to talk to on the topic of poetry and the outdoors, Dale Hobson decided to actually go outdoors and to write himself a new poem. In this Giving Voice we follow Dale downstream into Stone Valley in the Town of Colton.  Go to full article
Photos: Martha Cooper. Below: "19th Century" students
Photos: Martha Cooper. Below: "19th Century" students

Very Special Place: Cooks Corners Schoolhouse

The one-room schoohouse used to be a common sight in the North Country. Before school centralization around 60 years ago, these schoolhouses could be seen every couple of miles, since most students had to walk to school. While many of these buildings are now gone or in disrepair, one schoolhouse in Pierrepont still serves the surrounding community. Today NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited the Cooks Corners Schoolhouse on a sunny June day when fourth graders from Colton-Pierrepont Central School were playing roles of students in the late 19th century.  Go to full article

Sportsmen's rights advocate exits political stage

One of the North Country's most vocal leaders in local government stepped down unexpectedly last week. Colton town supervisor Hank Ford was known for his combative style and ardent support for private land, snowmobilers, and ATV riders in the Adirondacks. Ford was supervisor for almost 10 years. He's also the regional leader of the Conservative Party. He says he resigned due to health problems and to spend more time with his two grandsons. But Ford's critics have speculated that the reason's more than personal. Ford took heat when Colton dropped its two-year-old veto of the state's purchase of land owned by International Paper. Two months later, Colton got a million dollar state grant to improve parks and athletic fields. Some residents suggested the two were linked. Ford told David sommerstein the town lifted the veto because Albany agreed to drop a challenge to Colton's assessment of state land.  Go to full article
Andrea Malik mixes a potion of BTI, deadly to black flies...
Andrea Malik mixes a potion of BTI, deadly to black flies...

Taming black flies in Colton

It's one of the cruelest fates dealt the North Country. The snow's gone. The warm sun's finally back. Just when we're dying to bask in spring...the black flies begin to swarm - and bite. More than 30 towns in the region fight back. They treat 3500 miles of streams to kill the black flies before they even hatch. It's all done by hand -- dozens of people bushwhacking miles through the deep woods to deliver doses of a bacteria known as BTI. One woman in St. Lawrence County has dedicated 22 years of her life to battling the black fly. David Sommerstein profiles the "black fly diva."  Go to full article

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