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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
Sandbagging at the Finish Line in Colton.
Sandbagging at the Finish Line in Colton.

Bracing for more water on the Raquette

Brookfield Renewable Power, which operates the dams along the Raquette River, had to release water several times Wednesday and Thursday, yielding rising water levels in Colton, Potsdam, and Norwood. The worst flooding was in Colton. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Sandbagging along the Saranac River below the Broadway bridge. Photos: Mark Kurtz.
Sandbagging along the Saranac River below the Broadway bridge. Photos: Mark Kurtz.

Flooding hits North Country as heavy rains continue

Widespread and heavy flooding has struck much of the North Country in the last twenty-four hours, as torrential rains, winds and even a tornado warning in Hamilton County have caused widespread disruptions.

Emergency officials say dozens of highways and a number of bridges have been washed out across the region.

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that Mineville-Witherbee fire chief Paul Tromblee was taken to Fletcher Allen hospital after a road collapsed under his vehicle.

Tromblee suffered a cervical injury but is described by the newspaper as in "fair" condition.

According to the National Weather Service, the Ausable River crested yesterday at more than three feet above flood stage.

Major flooding is still being reported at Rouses Point where Lake Champlain remains nearly two feet above flood stage.

Significant flooding and road damage has also been reported along the banks of the Schroon, the Raquette, and the Hudson rivers.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, some homes in the region were completely swamped by the rising water.

Brian Mann has been following the story in Saranac Lake, where emergency crews have been struggling to manage a dangerous glut of water pouring down from the Saranac chain of lakes.  Go to full article

Head of North Country's embattled dam and reservoir system steps down

The head of one of the most embattled state organizations in the North Country has stepped down. Glenn LaFave, who ran the Hudson River Black River Regulating District, left the organization last Wednesday after four years on the job.

As Brian Mann reports, he departs as the District's future is in doubt because of a debt crisis and a series of court challenges.  Go to full article

North Country Red Cross helps Midwest flood victims

Flooding continues to plague the Midwest as a massive surge of rainwater pours down the Mississippi River. At least three Red Cross workers from the North Country have flown to the region to help with recovery efforts. Ed Gordon, from Queensbury, is a former fireman who volunteers with the Adirondack-Saratoga chapter of the Red Cross, headquartered in Glens Falls. Gordon told Brian Mann that he's helping to coordinate the huge number of volunteers pouring into the region.  Go to full article

Ausable ice jam breaks

A flood warning remains in effect through this afternoon along rivers and streams in Clinton, Essex, eastern St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, as well as parts of Vermont. A state of emergency was declared in the Town of Jay, along the Ausable River. County officials say there have been no injuries. Officials from both Essex and Franklin counties were watching as an ice jam at Ausable Forks moved downstream this afternoon, and the river was falling. Emergency officials also reported an ice jam and flooding in Champlain. Evacuations were underway. Brian Mann was also watching the Ausable. He spoke with Martha Foley at midafternoon.  Go to full article
Site plan for the Lost Villages Museum in Ault Park, Ontario
Site plan for the Lost Villages Museum in Ault Park, Ontario

Heard up North: "Inundation Day"

So, what's it like to watch your town go underwater? Gregory Warner spoke with Jane Craig. She's director of the "Lost Villages Museum" in Ault (ALT) Park, Ontario. It's a museum for the 10 Canadian villages lost on July 1st, 1958, "Inundation Day," when the hydrodams went up and the Seaway expanded. It's kind of a theme park where you can find the actual buildings rescued from the villages. There's a working general store, log cabin, barber shop, schoolhouse, resource centre, blacksmith shop, corn crib, railway station and church. If anyone was mourning the loss it would seem to be Jane Craig. But she says it was kind of exciting.  Go to full article
Flooding on the West Branch of the Sacandaga in the town of Wells, Hamilton County (Source:  Gabriel Oshen)
Flooding on the West Branch of the Sacandaga in the town of Wells, Hamilton County (Source: Gabriel Oshen)

Floods Hit Northern NY Hard

Rivers broke their banks across the North Country, with major flooding reported along the Sacandaga River and the Mohawk. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Champlain Already High

Water levels on Lake Champlain were already nearing the high water mark. Boaters last week reported docks underwater in Essex. Gregory Warner spoke with Barry Hamilton, owner of the Essex Marina, yesterday afternoon. Hamilton estimated the water was about three feet above where it usually is this time of year.  Go to full article

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