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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
Flood warnings and watches were in effect across much of the region Saturday (Image:  National Weather Service Burlington)
Flood warnings and watches were in effect across much of the region Saturday (Image: National Weather Service Burlington)

Essex County on alert as Ausable River rises

Emergency services officials met with elected leaders in Ausable Forks on Saturday as heavy rain swelled the Ausable River.

The office of Governor Andrew Cuomo also signaled that it stands ready, should serious flood conditions force a major response.

"We are most thankful for all Governor Cuomo's help in the past and as we prepare for any future possible flooding," said Essex County chairman Randy Douglas in an email.  Go to full article
The Winooski River, Winooski, VT, on Friday afternoon. Photo: Sarah Harris
The Winooski River, Winooski, VT, on Friday afternoon. Photo: Sarah Harris

Vermont sees flooding, snow at high elevations

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Ice jams on the Salmon River near Malone have resulted in multiple floodings along Lower Park St. over the years. This year, a number of homes may never be suitable for habitation again. Photos: Franklin County EMS
Ice jams on the Salmon River near Malone have resulted in multiple floodings along Lower Park St. over the years. This year, a number of homes may never be suitable for habitation again. Photos: Franklin County EMS

With recurring floods, what's next in Malone

Leaders with town of Malone hope to meet with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the next week, to talk about the flooding along Lower Park Street. The on-again, off-again cold weather this winter has meant a series of emergency declarations in Malone.

When the mercury has dipped below zero, the Salmon River jams with ice. That means the water jumps its banks, flooding homes. Public officials are figuring out why the river jams have gotten so bad, and what to do next.  Go to full article
Ronnie Benware outside his home on Lower Park Street in Malone.  Photo: Julie Grant
Ronnie Benware outside his home on Lower Park Street in Malone. Photo: Julie Grant

Flooded out, some Malone homeowners look for buyout

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed spending as much as $400 million to purchase homes wrecked by Hurricane Sandy. His plan is to have them demolished, and then preserve the flood-prone land permanently as undeveloped coastline.

The town of Malone would like to do something similar along the Salmon River, where a handful of houses were destroyed by flooding in the past couple of weeks.  Go to full article
Lisa Campbell in Peavine Park, Bethel, Vermont. Photo: Sarah Harris
Lisa Campbell in Peavine Park, Bethel, Vermont. Photo: Sarah Harris

A year after Irene, Vermont reflects on recovery

Tropical Storm Irene devastated mountain villages across the Northeast a year ago. Vermont was particularly hard hit. Major flooding downed bridges, tore houses off their foundations, washed out roads, and even left some towns inaccessible. The state's been hard at work rebuilding since.  Go to full article

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