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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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Two years ago in Keene: Irene delivered a wake-up call. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/35978796@N05/6096040001">Kathy Regan</a>.
Two years ago in Keene: Irene delivered a wake-up call. Photo: Kathy Regan.

Two years after Tropical Storm Irene

It's the second anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. The storm dropped nearly a foot of rain on parts of New York's North Country and Vermont.

Hundreds of miles of roads were damaged or destroyed. Bridges were washed out. In Vermont, seven people died. Homes, businesses... Farms - whole communities were devastated.

Some of the most dramatic damage occurred along the Ausable River, which plunges out of the Adirondacks to Lake Champlain. Brian Mann calls in from along the East Branch of the Ausable, in Keene.  Go to full article
Essex ferry dock when the flooding was at its worst in 2011. Photo: Brian Mann
Essex ferry dock when the flooding was at its worst in 2011. Photo: Brian Mann

$14 million study recommended for Champlain flooding

An organization that works to mediate boundary water disputes between the U.S. and Canada says a new study is needed to find ways to ease future flooding in Lake Champlain.  Go to full article
Turtle crossing near the flooded approach to the RT 22 bridge in Wadhams. Archive Irene flooding photo: Matt Foley
Turtle crossing near the flooded approach to the RT 22 bridge in Wadhams. Archive Irene flooding photo: Matt Foley

Update: Flash flood concerns ease, but high water remains a danger

Update, 10:00 a.m. Saranac Lake and the state Department of Environmental Conservation have issued a press release about high river levels there (pdf.) The release has this to say:

"Flooding conditions in the vicinity of Saranac Lake continue to result in abnormally high water conditions in Lake Flower and the Saranac River. These abnormally high water conditions have caused some localized flooding of residences and businesses adjacent to the Saranac River in the Village of Saranac Lake and in some downstream locations."

Wednesday, 8 a.m.. The National Weather Service says there is a chance for more showers and thunderstorms today -- especially later this afternoon and into the evening.

Forecasters are warning that locally heavy rainfall is possible. With creeks and rivers already high and the soil saturated, the National Weather Service says there could be "isolated areas of flooding."

Actual flood watches and warnings have been canceled in most of the region. Still, water gauges show many rivers and lakes just below flood level this morning.

Lake Champlain at Whitehall, the Richilieu River at the north end of Lake Champlain, the Indian River at the Indian Lake dam are all just below flood stage.  Go to full article
The Saranac River is still below flood stage, but there's no margin for error. This photo was taken Thursday evening. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The Saranac River is still below flood stage, but there's no margin for error. This photo was taken Thursday evening. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Emergency alert lifted in Franklin County

UPDATE: Saturday, June 15, 11:40 am:

Franklin County has lifted its state of emergency.

Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost says water levels are down throughout most of the County, and most roads are open. In an email Saturday morning he says, "Things are stable at this point and unless we get a bunch of rain it looks like we are out of the woods."
- Julie Grant

Friday, June 14:

The National Weather Service in Burlington says the Indian River and the BeaverRiver at the Stillwater Reservoir in the southern Adirondacks were near flood stage as of this morning (Friday).

Franklin County officials are also still operating under a state of emergency today as they watch river levels.

With more thundershowers and rain in the forecast today, Saranac Lake's Mayor Clyde Rabideau says some businesses along the Saranac River have seen mild flooding.  Go to full article
Aerial view of flooding in Fort Covington. Photo: Ricky Provost, Franklin County EMS
Aerial view of flooding in Fort Covington. Photo: Ricky Provost, Franklin County EMS

Franklin County declares flood emergency

UPDATE 4 PM:
Franklin County Emergency Services says water from the Salmon River is subsiding, and flooding is becoming less of an issue, but the County remains in a state of emergency. County EMS Communications Specialist Sandra Dunn says seven roads are closed this afternoon, down from 30 closures late Wednesday.

Dunn says EMS Director Ricky Provost and local officials are assessing damages from the high water. They are concerned about the additional rain today because the ground is already so saturated, especially in highly affected areas like Fort Covington. Provost plans to meet with County legislators late today.
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Franklin County has declared a state of emergency because of flooding along the Salmon River. Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost says many roads are either closed or partially closed throughout the County. He says Malone and Fort Covington are getting the worst flooding.  Go to full article

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