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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

Eyewitness: Trapped by the Floods

Governor Pataki says property damage from this week's deadly flooding is likely to total about 100 million dollars. Forecasters say more flooding could be coming tomorrow. They say runoff from today's torrential rain could drive water levels across the state even higher. Today's flooding killed at least three people in upstate New York, closed a 50-mile stretch of the Thruway and caused mass evacuations. Gregory Warner spoke with two Mohawk Valley residents - Sarah Ackroyd of Fort Plain and Jim Garrison of Nelliston.  Go to full article

Lake Champlain: Docks Still Underwater, Boating Industry Suffers

Lake Champlain water levels are high after heavy rainfall. Barry Hamilton owns the Essex Marina, he spoke with Gregory Warner.  Go to full article
The crumbled edge of Cold Brook Dr. in South Colton provides a new waterfall. The culvert washout, below, on Rt. 56 will reroute traffic for weeks. Photos: Ed Fuhr
The crumbled edge of Cold Brook Dr. in South Colton provides a new waterfall. The culvert washout, below, on Rt. 56 will reroute traffic for weeks. Photos: Ed Fuhr

Rt. 56 Repairs to Take Weeks, Months

A major route connecting the St. Lawrence Valley and points south will be closed for two months, maybe more. Heavy rain over the weekend washed out two spots along Rt. 56 south of South Colton. Department of Transportation engineers and safety inspectors were on the scene as the waters receded. DOT public information officer Mike Flick told Martha Foley they found the damage was worse than expected.  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

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

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