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USDA loans can help with post-flood rebuilding

USDA Rural Development is reminding people hit by the recent flooding that low-interest loans and grants available through their 504 program may plug gaps left by homeowners' insurance, and help people make needed post-flood home repairs.  Go to full article
Photo by Mary Jane Watson
Photo by Mary Jane Watson

Returning high waters raise debris, sewage fears

The last couple of days of heavy rain have pushed lake and river levels back up. At Rouses Point, Lake Champlain is expected to continue rising at least through Thursday, approaching three feet above flood stage.

According to the National Weather Service, that means "widespread severe flooding" will continue, affecting shoreline homes and businesses as well as some local highways. Officials are also warning boaters that the floodwaters have pushed a large amount of floating debris into the lake.

As much as four inches of rain have fallen on parts of the region since Saturday. More rain, though not as heavy, is expected over the next two days.

In Colton and Potsdam, the Raquette River has been flooding since the last week of April, and the damage is estimated at over a million dollars so far. As Nora Flaherty reports, continuing rain is cause for worry.  Go to full article
Waves three feet high could hit the flooded Champlain coast this afternoon

Lake Champlain hits record flood stage again, briefly halting Amtrak

Many parts of the North Country were hit by more than two inches of rain yesterday. Onchiota in the Saranac River valley received the biggest dump -- with just over 2.5 inches.

For the first time ever, rain-swollen rivers pushed Lake Champlain to 103.1 feet, the highest level ever recorded, and the water is still rising.

Flooding in Lake Champlain's South Bay near Whitehall forced Amtrak to suspend train service between Albany and Montreal yesterday.

Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said train passengers were being taken by bus from Albany to Montreal.

Regular train service is expected to resume later today.

The National Weather Service is predicting stiff west winds this afternoon that could push 3-foot high waves against the shoreline.

Roads and homes along the coast of Lake Champlain have already seen millions of dollars in damage over the last week.

On Thursday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin told the Burlington Free Press that he expected "more bad news to come" for communities along the Lake Champlain shoreline.

Vermont transportation workers were working yesterday to shore up US Highway 2, which leads to the Champlain Islands and to the ferry crossing to New York.  Go to full article
Aerial photograph of sediment plume at New York's Ausable River (Source: Lake Champlain Basin Program)
Aerial photograph of sediment plume at New York's Ausable River (Source: Lake Champlain Basin Program)

Flooding pushes sediment, pollution into Lake Champlain

In the days since the flood began, researchers have been tracking huge plumes of sediment and phosphorous pollution being washed into Lake Champlain.

Aerial photographs taken by the Lake Champlain Basin Program show big swirls of brown and green, especially at the mouths of rivers.

When the weather finally warms up all that pollution could trigger algae blooms and other problems.

Brian Mann spoke with Bill Howland who heads the Lake Champlain Basin Program and who took part in the reconnaissance flights this week.  Go to full article
Village officials inspect infrastructure in Saranac Lake (Photo:  Chris Morris)
Village officials inspect infrastructure in Saranac Lake (Photo: Chris Morris)

Village of Saranac Lake faces flood damage topping $5 million

Emergency officials in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake will be keeping a close watch on the water levels in their flood-swollen lakes and rivers again today.

Although conditions had stabilized in recent days, heavy rain moved through the Adirondacks Tuesday and more is in the forecast today, giving rise to fears that the local waterways could rise again.

Meanwhile, initial assessments have been compiled of some of the damage caused by the flooding over the past week in Franklin County. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
A crew works in Keeseville (Photos:  Brian Mann)
A crew works in Keeseville (Photos: Brian Mann)

As flooding continues, teamwork keeps rural towns afloat

The flooding crisis across northern New York and Vermont began more than a week ago and as we've been hearing there's still no end in sight.

State and local officials say their crews are weary and stretched thin as they continue to deal with evacuations, closed roads, and swamped sewer and water systems.

But they also say that this disaster has brought unprecedented levels of cooperation and coordination, with personnel shuttling between the hardest hit areas.

Brian Mann has that story this morning.  Go to full article
We're in for some turbulent times in the next couple of days.

Lake Champlain flooding worsens, hitting Plattsburgh, Rouses Point

The National Weather Service says as much as half an inch of rain is possible today in parts of the North Country. The hardest hit area this morning is Lake Champlain which is expected to continue rising this week toward a new record flood stage of 102.9 feet. Brian Mann has an update.  Go to full article
The scene last Friday in Indian Lake (Photo:  Kate Roberts)
The scene last Friday in Indian Lake (Photo: Kate Roberts)

Flood clean-up begins in Indian Lake

The central Adirondacks were hit hard by flooding over the last week, with major highways closed to traffic and serious concerns about stress on the region's dams. But in Indian Lake, local officials say life is returning to normal. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
A tiny opening appears between lake water and the Main Street Bridge (Photo:  Chris Morris
A tiny opening appears between lake water and the Main Street Bridge (Photo: Chris Morris

Saranac Lake dries out, rests up, assesses damage

Flood conditions in parts of the North Country eased a bit on Monday as emergency personnel continued dealing with the damage caused by high waters.

In Saranac Lake, water levels receded, providing officials with the chance to assess infrastructure above and below the Lake Flower Dam.

Following five tense days, some volunteers are being sent home to rest. But as Chris Morris reports, more heavy rain is expected today.  Go to full article
James Augustine and Ed Annese outside their homes in Tupper Lake (Photos:  Brian Mann)
James Augustine and Ed Annese outside their homes in Tupper Lake (Photos: Brian Mann)

Tupper Lake hit hard over weekend by rising Raquette

In some parts of the North Country, clean-up efforts and damage assessment has already begun following last week's floods. But in Tupper Lake and other communities along the Raquette, the crisis was still building over the weekend as rising water pushed into more neighborhoods. Brian Mann spoke with families and emergency crews and has our story.  Go to full article

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