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The St. Regis Falls dam on Monday. Photo: John Carr, Blue Mountain Engineering, provided by Everett Smith
The St. Regis Falls dam on Monday. Photo: John Carr, Blue Mountain Engineering, provided by Everett Smith

Surging rivers hit roads, damage hydro dam

Despite last night's cold weather, flood watches and warnings remain in effect for all of the North Country and Vermont. Significant flooding, sparked by rain and snow melt, has already been reported in much of the region, with a state of emergency declared in St. Lawrence County and roads closed by high water in many counties.

At this hour, the National Weather Service is reporting moderate flooding on the Black River in Watertown and the the Hudson River at North Creek.

A National Grid substation on Rt. 53 in St. Lawrence County was inundated by water on Tuesday, but National Grid spokeswoman Virginia Limmiatis says the 1300 customers served by that substation are now getting their power from another feeder.

The high water is also putting pressure on the region's dams. On the east branch of the St. Regis River in St. Regis Falls, a hydro dam owned by Azure Mountain Power was damaged this week by ice and high water.  Go to full article
Vermont's Otter Creek during  spring flood in 2007. Photo: <a href="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/179/437135973_31a897d666_o_d.jpg">Jim Something</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont's Otter Creek during spring flood in 2007. Photo: Jim Something, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rains add to flood threat in Vermont, parts of NH and ME

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Heavy rains and melting snow and ice have pushed rivers toward or above flood stage in northern New England.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for most counties in Vermont. Emergency management officials say a number of state and local roads are closed due to high water and more are expected to close as rivers crest.  Go to full article
West Branch of the St. Regis River from route 11, Tuesday, April 15. Photo: Natasha Haverty
West Branch of the St. Regis River from route 11, Tuesday, April 15. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Flood update: SLC declares state of emergency, updated list of road closures

North Country rivers are running high with snow melt. And officials are warning of more water to come. Two inches of rain, possibly mixing with snow, are forecast into Wednesday.

Officials say that could mean flooding across the region. NCPR is providing updates as the situation develops.
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Ice Flow. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/landerholm/5251946494/">Kent Landerholm </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ice Flow. Photo: Kent Landerholm , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rain, melting snow keep rivers high

COVENTRY, Vt. (AP) Rain and melting snow are keeping rivers running high in northern New England, increasing the chance of flooding.

The National Weather Service said minor flooding occurred Sunday morning along the Barton River in Coventry, Vt., and urged anyone traveling near streams and rivers to seek higher ground at the first sign of rising water.  Go to full article
Flooded bridge on the Mohawk in Schoharie County during Hurricane Irene. Photo: NYS
Flooded bridge on the Mohawk in Schoharie County during Hurricane Irene. Photo: NYS

Mohawk River flood protection projects get NYS funding

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is providing grants to help communities along the Mohawk River better handle the threat of future floods.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says more than $640,000 will be provided through the Environmental Protection Fund administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Cuomo says the money will help Mohawk River communities be better prepared for weather disasters.  Go to full article
Citibank. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/62697772@N02/8161946681/">bruceg1001</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Citibank. Photo: bruceg1001, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Citibank to pay $110 million to settle flood suit

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Citibank has agreed to pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by a Syracuse man who says he was forced into a 400-percent increase in his flood insurance premium.

Gordon Casey of Syracuse sued the mortgage lender two years ago over the cost of homeowner's insurance for his home. His premium had skyrocketed over a decade from $325 a year to $1,478 a year.  Go to full article
Past flooding along the Salmon River  in Malone, NY. Photo: Franklin County Emergency Services
Past flooding along the Salmon River in Malone, NY. Photo: Franklin County Emergency Services

Upstate NY getting warm-up, rain after deep freeze

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The National Weather Service has issued flood watches for this weekend most of New York state as temperatures rise just days after some upstate areas received up to five feet of snow.  Go to full article

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