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A flooded home in Colton, May, 2011
A flooded home in Colton, May, 2011

Even with Colton damage, St. Lawrence County says it's not a disaster area

Just last week, the Federal Government declared 21 New York Counties federal disaster areas, after this spring's flooding. But St. Lawrence county was NOT one of those counties.

Turns out St. Lawrence County wasn't passed over--it hasn't yet applied for aid. County officials aren't confident there's been $336,000 in public infrastructure damage--that's the amount required to qualify for the aid.

Colton has been the most heavily affected community in the county, but most of that damage--about $800,000 in all--was to private homes. Nora Flaherty spoke with Colton Town Supervisor Lawrence Patzwald about where things stand now:  Go to full article
Flood warnings remain in effect for the Lake Champlain shoreline, still nearly a foot above flood stage

Obama declares Federal flood disaster in North Country, some counties excluded

On Friday, President Barack Obama declared much of the North Country a federal disaster area following spring floods that continue to plague much of the region. The declaration will mean federal money to help local communities faced with rebuilding infrastructure and paying emergency workers for overtime. Some private homeowners may also qualify for special loans and other financial assistance.

In all, twenty-one New York counties were included on the list, including Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, and Warren counties. But New York Senator Chuck Schumer says he'll continue to push for Federal emergency aid for St. Lawrence, Washington and Saratoga Counties, which were excluded.

In an interview with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Franklin County Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost called the declaration "good and welcome news." In Franklin County alone, the price tag for repairing public infrastructure is expected to top $11 million, at a time when local communities are already cash-strapped.

A flood warning remains in effect for the Lake Champlain shoreline, which is still nearly a foot above flood stage.  Go to full article
Flooded homes in Tupper Lake. Photo: Jim Bisson.
Flooded homes in Tupper Lake. Photo: Jim Bisson.

Northern New York will wait for FEMA aid

People are still waiting to hear about federal aid for repairing and rebuilding in the areas damaged by the flooding that started in April.

Governor Cuomo asked President Obama on May 25th to declare a major federal disaster in New York. That request was a step in the process of receiving aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

At the time it seemed like a foregone conclusion -- but nothing's happened yet and FEMA aid now seems less certain.  Go to full article
There's nothing we can do. The house is gone and the property is absolutely useless.

Keene Valley slide accelerating, driven by rain

Scientists say the record-breaking landslide on Little Porter Mountain in Keene Valley is still on the move, driven by last weekend's heavy rains.

The disaster hasn't caused any injuries, but a half-dozen homes are threatened.

Martha Foley has an update.  Go to full article
Photo: Mark Kurtz
Photo: Mark Kurtz

Overnight rains make it a month of flooding

There are continuing flash flood warnings across the region this morning. Last night brought drenching rains in many areas, after tornado and thunderstorm warnings yesterday afternoon.

Authorities Essex county are assessing the damage from the latest round of severe weather to hit the region -- a month to the day since severe storms dumped about three inches of rain in parts of northeastern New York.

Downed trees and flooded roads were reported in the Lake Champlain community of Willsboro. There were no reports of tornado sitings, but a lightning strike is blamed for setting a home there on fire last evening. No one was injured. The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh says there's also road damage in the town of Moriah which had suffered heavy during the storms on April 26.

Vermont Emergency Management spokesman Mark Bosma tells The Associated Press that the Winooski River and its tributaries overflowed. Early this morning, he said river levels had "just spiked" but the watercourses should crest shortly.  Go to full article
Andrew Cuomo inspects flood damage in Port Henry (File photo/Brian Mann)
Andrew Cuomo inspects flood damage in Port Henry (File photo/Brian Mann)

On the road to FEMA aid, Cuomo seeks major federal disaster designation for NY

Governor Cuomo formally requested Wednesday that President Obama declare a major federal disaster in New York, in the wake of the rain and flooding that have been going on since April 26. The move comes as local officials continue to raise concern about state and Federal aid for recovery efforts across the region.

As Martha Foley reports, Cuomo's request has the support of North Country congressman Bill Owens.  Go to full article
Keene supervisor Bill Ferebee next to a boulder that's about to give way (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Keene supervisor Bill Ferebee next to a boulder that's about to give way (Photo: Brian Mann)

Keene Valley landslide now "largest in New York State history"

Scientists say the massive landslide in Keene Valley is now the largest ever seen in New York state.

A half-dozen homes on Little Porter Mountain are still threatened and officials say they're monitoring the mass of earth and rock to determine whether more homes below the slide could be affected. Brian Mann has our update.  Go to full article
Essex ferry dock when the flooding was at its worst (File photo/Brian Mann)
Essex ferry dock when the flooding was at its worst (File photo/Brian Mann)

Essex ferry reopens, DEC investigates

The Lake Champlain Transportation Company says regular ferry service between Essex, New York, and Charlotte, Vermont resumed this morning at 6 am. The company says it was able to reopen the flooded dock on the New York shore after it dumped fifty dumptruck loads of gravel onto the approach route.

Local residents are thrilled that the crossing is open, but state Environmental officials are investigating whether the work was done without proper permits and safeguards. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

USGS: flooding "off the charts"

Waters are still high as communities across the North Country and northern Vermont stare down the devastation of this spring's record floods.

Damages are in the millions, with reports still being tallied. Rivers are generally very high, but below flood stage. Lake Champlain was still well over 102 feet at the ferry dock in Burlington this morning, with the Weather Service predicting the water will go down very slowly.

New York Congressman Bill Owens toured parts of Essex County again Friday. According to the Plattsburgh Press Republican he's "very confident" President Barack Obama will declare a statewide disaster for New York and that aid will be available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Owens said, communities will see fast response with (aid for) municipal damages, bridges, roads. But he said aid for individuals may be slower."

The congressman also said he's been told this was a 500 year flood...

US Geological Survey hydrologist Tom Suro doesn't put that kind of number on the combination of rain and spring meltwater. But he says it's the worst in the USGS records, and something he never expected to see in his lifetime. He spoke with Martha Foley Friday.  Go to full article
This home's foundation has been wrecked by shifting earth
This home's foundation has been wrecked by shifting earth

Rainstorms trigger slide in Keene Valley, threatening homes

Weeks of relentless rain have destabilized a massive section of hillside in the Adrian's Acres neighborhood in Keene Valley, which sits on the slopes of Porter Mountain.

Town and state officials say an area roughly a half-mile wide has begun to shift, slumping downward several inches each day.

One vacation home has already been condemned, and one other house evacuated. At least four more homes are threatened.

Brian Mann was on Porter Mountain yesterday and has our story.  Go to full article

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