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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
Spring 2011 flooding: Sediment plumes from the Lamoille River, the Winooski River, and shoreline erosion on South Hero. Photo: Lake Champlain Basin Program.
Spring 2011 flooding: Sediment plumes from the Lamoille River, the Winooski River, and shoreline erosion on South Hero. Photo: Lake Champlain Basin Program.

A year later, learning new flood management techniques

A year has passed since spring floods and Tropical Storm Irene wreaked havoc on Lake Champlain and its tributaries. Researchers, scientists, safety officials and nonprofit leaders have been meeting in New York and Vermont, trying to sort out what those events mean for the future of communities in the Champlain Valley, and for the lake's ecosystems. Last week they gathered at the University of Vermont. Sarah Harris was there and has our story.  Go to full article
Book donations arrived from around the country.
Book donations arrived from around the country.

From despair to repair: Wells library reopens Saturday

An Adirondack community welcomes the return of its library this weekend, after months of repair work. The doors of the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay will reopen on Saturday as part of a day-long celebration. Five months ago, heavy flooding damaged the library after Hurricane Irene.

The library's board president, Marie-Anne Azar Ward, says flood waters ruined a majority of the library's books, and nearly all the children's collection was destroyed.

Azar Ward says the community rolled-up its collective sleeves and went to work repairing the 106-year old building. The re-opening celebration, with music and food, starts at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  Go to full article
Photo: New York State DEC
Photo: New York State DEC

Trees for Tributaries aids flood recovery

Close to 100 people braved the rain late last week to plant trees in communities along the AuSable River devastated by Tropical Storm Irene.

The Lake Champlain Basin "Trees for Tributaries" program, organized by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, aims to restore and protect stream corridors connected to Lake Champlain following historic flooding Aug. 28. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo tours Upstate areas ravaged by flooding (Source:  Chris Morris)
Governor Cuomo tours Upstate areas ravaged by flooding (Source: Chris Morris)

Cuomo tours Irene-battered North Country; Obama declares Federal disaster

President Obama issued a disaster declaration that frees federal aid for people in areas affected by Irene's flooding, as well as municipalities in Albany, Delaware, Essex, Greene, Schenectady. and Ulster counties. FEMA says assessments are continuing in other areas, and more counties could be added.

Rep. Bill Owens of Plattsburgh is among New York congressman who are preparing a letter asking the president to expand the declaration to more of New York, including Clinton, Warren and Washington counties. Owens and Rep. Chris Gibson were with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the devastation Irene brought to the eastern slope of the Adirondacks.

With his daughter Mariah in tow, Cuomo toured the tiny high peaks community of Keene, where flash flooding of the Ausable River wiped out bridges, roads, and buildings. Cuomo also announced he was suspending state Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation permit requirement to expedite clean-up and rebuilding. Chris Morris was there and has this report.  Go to full article

Storm damage in the garden

Heavy wind and rain can take a huge toll on the garden. Martha Foley talks with Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy about how to deal with the Hurricane Irene aftermath in the garden. And she says to keep an eye out for signs of late blight, continuing to damage produce in the region.  Go to full article

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