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Spring storms damaged Northway (Source:  APA)
Spring storms damaged Northway (Source: APA)

State GOP Pushes FEMA Aid for Adirondack Towns

Rainstorms earlier in the summer caused tens of millions of dollars worth of damage in the southern and eastern Adirondacks. Top New York Republicans are stepping up pressure on the Bush Administration to approve disaster relief for affected counties. But as Brian Mann reports, the money could be tied up by relief efforts on the Gulf Coast.  Go to full article

Local Fire Crews Return from Massive Quebec Blazes

21 New York forest rangers and assistant forest rangers returned late last night from northern Quebec. They spent the last two weeks helping to fight dozens of wild fires that have burned nearly two million acres in the region around James Bay. The New York crew included veteran firefighters from across the north country. Brian Mann spoke with Rob Praczkajlo, a forest ranger based in Jay.  Go to full article

North Country Girl Found Dead, Quebec Suspect Arrested

A girl who spent much of her childhood in Mooers in northern Clinton County, was found dead yesterday. 16-year-old Shanna Poissant was located by Canadian police near a bike path north of Hemmingford, in Quebec. As Brian Mann reports, a 23-year-old Canadian man has been arrested.  Go to full article

DEC Says Fort Ann Dam Didn?t Receive Final Inspection

The Glens Falls Post Star is reporting this morning that a dam that collapsed in the town of Fort Ann was never inspected by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The dam ruptured over the 4th of July weekend, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Sen. Little: Fort Ann Flood Recovery Has Begun

Senator Betty Little says she's pleased with the pace of the clean-up effort in Fort Ann. A dam collapsed on Saturday evening, flooding a neighborhood and forcing more than 200 people to evacuate. Local officials are still urging people to conserve water and to boil drinking water. Sen. Little spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

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

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