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Governor, State Senator Visit Flooded Fort Ann

Governor Pataki traveled by helicopter and SUV through the town of Fort Ann yesterday. He was surveying neighborhoods damaged by floodwaters after a dam failed Saturday evening. Pataki says the state will seek federal emergency assistance for the area. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Fort Ann Residents Struggle after Dam Break, Question Cause

State officials are investigating a dam break over the weekend that flooded dozens of homes in the Washington County town of Fort Ann. Nearly 300 people still have no running water today, and one of the area's main roads remains closed. Brian Mann has details.

Anyone affected by Saturday's dam break can call a toll-free disaster hotline for insurance information. The number, set up by the state Insurance department, is 1-800-339-1759. The hotline is staffed weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm to answer questions about property damage and insurance coverage.  Go to full article

Dam Break In Washington County Forces 200 People To Evacuate

More than two hundred people in Washington County spent the weekend cleaning up after a dam burst in the village of Fort Ann. Hadlock Pond flooded a neighborhood, forcing an evacuation. There were no injuries, but several roads remain closed and some homes were damaged beyond repair. As Brian Mann reports, Governor George Pataki has declared a state of emergency.  Go to full article
A transportation worker clears debris from a bridge over the East Branch of the Ausable River near Keene.
A transportation worker clears debris from a bridge over the East Branch of the Ausable River near Keene.

Floods Hit Essex County

Heavy rains Saturday and Sunday triggered flooding in parts of Essex County. Roads were closed near Keene, Jay, and Elizabethtown. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Dry Conditions Spark More Burn Bans

Franklin County is the latest to issue a ban on burning trash or debris outdoors. St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties also have bans in place. Nearly two weeks with little or no rainfall and lots of sun have led to hundreds of brush fires across the North Country. Volunteer fire departments are being stretched thin. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Clinton County Child Dies On 4-wheeler

State police say an eight-year-old boy was killed Sunday afternoon while riding an ATV in Schuyler Falls in Clinton County. Jordan Burdick was apparently trapped when the vehicle rolled. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Crash Kills 2 At Paul Smiths College

A Paul Smiths College student and his passenger were killed on Sunday when their snowmobile hit a rock on Lower St. Regis Lake. Twenty-year-old Joshua Rau and twenty-year-old Kristine Guest, were both pronounced dead at the scene by investigators. As Brian Mann reports, the fatal accident was the second to strike the college campus in a week.  Go to full article

Northway Checkpoint Draws More Criticism

Two Republican congressmen from northern New York say the U.S. Border Patrol isn't moving quickly enough to correct "flaws" at an immigration checkpoint on I-87. Four people died at the traffic stop in September. As Brian Mann reports, the lawmakers say the checkpoint should be closed until safety questions are answered.  Go to full article

NTSB: Traffic Warnings at I87 Checkpoint "Ineffective"

The National Transportation Safety Board says safety measures at an immigration checkpoint on the Northway are "ineffective" and contradictory. In a report issued late last week, the NTSB urged the Department of Homeland Security to develop national guidelines for traffic stop on highways. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
At work far from home
At work far from home

For Jamaican Apple Pickers, Hurricane Ivan Hit Home

One month ago, Hurricane Ivan slammed into the island of Jamaica, ripping apart houses and knocking out phone lines and electricity. The storm hit just as hundreds of Jamaican workers were arriving in the Champlain Valley to help with the fall apple harvest. These last weeks, the men have struggled to support their families while far from home. As Brian Mann reports, this has been a season of worry, but also a season of faith.

Hurricane Ivan Relief Fund: Donations can be sent to Peru Community Church, PO Box 38, Peru, NY 12972. Make checks payable to church, but specify that funds are meant for Ivan relief.  Go to full article

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