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National Guard troops clear power lines and debris around a ruined home in the town of Jay on Tuesday (Photo:  Brian Mann)
National Guard troops clear power lines and debris around a ruined home in the town of Jay on Tuesday (Photo: Brian Mann)

Adirondack towns still sifting through rubble, estimating Irene's damage

Clean-up efforts area already underway in parts of the North Country slammed by tropical storm Irene. Congressman Bill Owens will be to looking at damage in the town of Jay this morning along with town supervisor Randy Douglas

But in many areas, wreckage and debris are strewn through whole communities.

In the Washington County village of Greenwich, meanwhile, neighborhoods have been evacuated because cracks were found yesterday in a dam on the Batten Kill River.

Village Mayor David Doonan told the Glens Falls Post Star that it isn't clear whether the cracks were present before the storm. An inspection of the dam by state officials is planned for today.

As Brian Mann reports, communities across the North Country are still taking stock, trying to sort out just how far-reaching the damage from Irene will be.  Go to full article
Downtown Saranac Lake, April 2011. Photo Chris Morris
Downtown Saranac Lake, April 2011. Photo Chris Morris

Good and bad news on federal aid for post-flood rebuilding

Good and bad news this week for those in the North Country who were affected by the historic flooding this spring:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency again denied individual assistance to help recover from losses suffered during historic flooding earlier this year. But farmers, small business owners and many others may be eligible for low-interest loans under a new federal disaster declaration.  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
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
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
Governor Cuomo, Sen. Little and Essex County chairman Randy Douglas
Governor Cuomo, Sen. Little and Essex County chairman Randy Douglas

Governor Cuomo declares official disaster in Essex County

Just after noon on Friday Governor Andrew Cuomo arrived by helicopter in the flood-ravaged community of Moriah, in the Champlain Valley.

After touring two sites where bridges collapsed following torrential rains, the governor declared that Essex County has official "disaster" status.  Go to full article

DOT updates road closures

Road and bridge closures are widespread in the three state transportation department regions that span the North Country.Conditions are changing, sometimes rapidly, and the DOT has an evergreen warning to never drive through standing water whether a road is closed or not.
This is the list from the DOT at 12:30 this afternoon:  Go to full article
A flooded home in Keeseville on the bank of the Ausable River. Brian Mann photo.
A flooded home in Keeseville on the bank of the Ausable River. Brian Mann photo.

Surging rivers threaten homes, businesses

Floodwaters across the North Country continued to surge yesterday, as rivers were swollen by more pounding rain and by warm temperatures that melted snow in the Adirondacks.

Roughly four inches of rain fell in the region over the last several days.

We've seen spring flooding before, of course, but this year it's not just one town or one river valley.

From the Hudson and the Schroon Rivers in the south to the Raquette and the Saranac Rivers in the north, communities are scrambling to protect their homes and businesses.

Transportation was snarled across the region as dozens of highways were closed. A record high level of water on Lake Champlain flooded the ferry dock at Essex, shutting down service to Charlotte, Vermont.

Dozens of roads across Essex County remain closed this morning. The hardest hit area is in the Lake Champlain town of Moriah where two bridges collapsed and many of the road washouts occurred. Officials say the town sustained more than $1.5 million in damage. (We'll have more on the flooding in Moriah Monday morning.)

Essex County officials say the preliminary estimate of damage to roads and bridges is about $2 million. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected in Port Henry at midday to meet with emergency officials and brief the press.

In Saranac Lake yesterday, Lake Flower and the Saranac River rose even higher, forcing some evacuations. As Chris Knight reports, officials say it's too early to know when flood waters will recede.  Go to full article
Keeseville highway supervisor Frank Soucy and Gary Burke monitor the rising Ausable (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Keeseville highway supervisor Frank Soucy and Gary Burke monitor the rising Ausable (Photos: Brian Mann)

As Ausable River surges, families and emergency crews scramble

Over the last seventy-two hours, the Ausable River has been transformed from a popular trout stream into a raging torrent.

High water and damaged highways have forced road closures from Lake Placid through Keene Valley all the way down through Jay and Ausable Forks.

Brian Mann was in Keeseville yesterday afternoon as emergency crews and volunteers braced for another big blast of water triggered by heavy rains.  Go to full article
Ferry service from Essex to Charlotte, Vermont, has been suspended.
Ferry service from Essex to Charlotte, Vermont, has been suspended.

Lake Champlain reaches record flood stage, hitting homes, businesses

At 10 last night, Lake Champlain rose to 102.36 feet, a new record.

The Lake Champlain Transportation Company had already shut down ferry service from Essex to Charlotte, Vt. Ferries are operating normally at Grand Isle and Crown Point.

Rising lake water means headaches and millions of dollars worth of damage for dozens of communities in New York and Vermont.
Bob Carroll owns the Westport Marina in Essex County. Last night, he gave Brian Mann a tour of his restaurant, now knee-deep under lake water.  Go to full article

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