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In the garden: saturated soil, and tips for weed-free asparagus

Flooding over the last two weeks has drenched yards and gardens. Soils are saturated, and that's not good, as Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy tells Martha Foley. They also have some tips on keeping weeds out of the asparagus patch.  Go to full article
Flooded homes last week in Tupper Lake. Photo: Jim Bisson.
Flooded homes last week in Tupper Lake. Photo: Jim Bisson.

Lake and rivers recede, but flooding still problem

A mostly rain-free weekend has brought much needed relief to the flood-stricken North Country. But for people whose basements are inundated or whose houses are surrounded by water, the danger isn't over. And the recovery is just beginning.

Lake Champlain has receded slightly to 102.9 feet at Rouses Point. Flood stage is 100 feet. In the town of Champlain, crews were bringing sandbags and supplies over the weekend to families isolated by flooding. Highway superintendent Allen Racine told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican "it's like a war zone."

The Raquette River drew down below 10 feet over the weekend. But some homes in Colton, Potsdam, and Norwood are still under water. David Sommerstein spoke with St. Lawrence County Emergency Services director Marty Hassett this morning.  Go to full article
Franklin County emergency services coordinator Rick Provost in Tupper Lake with DEC Commissioner Joe Martens), state environmental facilities head Matt Driscoll, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, and  Tupper Lake Supervisor Roger Amell.
Franklin County emergency services coordinator Rick Provost in Tupper Lake with DEC Commissioner Joe Martens), state environmental facilities head Matt Driscoll, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, and Tupper Lake Supervisor Roger Amell.

Officials scramble to assess flood damage

Flooding in parts of the North Country is expected to get worse before it gets better.

And even though water levels continue to fluctuate, state and local officials are trying to get a handle on how much damage has occurred so far.

In Saranac Lake two bridges that have been closed for more than a week were reopened early this morning. Village Manager John Sweeney says water levels dropped by about three inches overnight. Sweeney says county inspectors found no problems with any of the bridges in the village yesterday.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Administration - or FEMA - were in Saranac Lake Thursday as well. Sweeney says they were focused on evaluating the state of public infrastructure, and may begin looking at some private properties today.

Meanwhile, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens toured flood ravaged neighborhoods in Tupper Lake.

Chris Morris was there and has this report...  Go to full article
A homeowner scrambles to hold back the water in Plattsburg
A homeowner scrambles to hold back the water in Plattsburg

Lake Champlain surges higher, hitting homes, businesses, vital highways

Over the last week, some parts of the region have seen flash floods and the sudden collapse of bridges and roadways.

But along the 600-mile shoreline of Lake Champlain, the water's rise has been a kind of slow and unstoppable force.

The lake reached another record level yesterday, more than three feet above flood stage.

That has triggered what the National Weather Service described as "widespread heavy flooding."

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin declared a state of emergency yesterday after flying over the lake in a helicopter.

Brian Mann traveled the shoreline in New York and Vermont yesterday and has our story.  Go to full article
Moose Pond Road. (Photo: Ed Kanze)
Moose Pond Road. (Photo: Ed Kanze)

High waters threaten woods and wildlife

Writer and naturalist Ed Kanze has been watching the swollen Saranac River wind closer and closer to his home near Bloomingdale. And he's watching for how the high water and sodden soils are affecting the wildlife he knows so well.

When Martha Foley called yesterday afternoon, the Kanze household was not quite surrounded by water...but close. Their road, the Moose Pond Road, has been under several feet of water since last week.

Neighbors have come together to lend each other a hand where needed, says Kanze. And he said they can't "fuss" too much since their house is high and dry on a knoll.

The water had gone down a little over the weekend, but yesterday the water was rising again.  Go to full article
Waves three feet high could hit the flooded Champlain coast this afternoon

Lake Champlain hits record flood stage again, briefly halting Amtrak

Many parts of the North Country were hit by more than two inches of rain yesterday. Onchiota in the Saranac River valley received the biggest dump -- with just over 2.5 inches.

For the first time ever, rain-swollen rivers pushed Lake Champlain to 103.1 feet, the highest level ever recorded, and the water is still rising.

Flooding in Lake Champlain's South Bay near Whitehall forced Amtrak to suspend train service between Albany and Montreal yesterday.

Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said train passengers were being taken by bus from Albany to Montreal.

Regular train service is expected to resume later today.

The National Weather Service is predicting stiff west winds this afternoon that could push 3-foot high waves against the shoreline.

Roads and homes along the coast of Lake Champlain have already seen millions of dollars in damage over the last week.

On Thursday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin told the Burlington Free Press that he expected "more bad news to come" for communities along the Lake Champlain shoreline.

Vermont transportation workers were working yesterday to shore up US Highway 2, which leads to the Champlain Islands and to the ferry crossing to New York.  Go to full article
Aerial photograph of sediment plume at New York's Ausable River (Source: Lake Champlain Basin Program)
Aerial photograph of sediment plume at New York's Ausable River (Source: Lake Champlain Basin Program)

Flooding pushes sediment, pollution into Lake Champlain

In the days since the flood began, researchers have been tracking huge plumes of sediment and phosphorous pollution being washed into Lake Champlain.

Aerial photographs taken by the Lake Champlain Basin Program show big swirls of brown and green, especially at the mouths of rivers.

When the weather finally warms up all that pollution could trigger algae blooms and other problems.

Brian Mann spoke with Bill Howland who heads the Lake Champlain Basin Program and who took part in the reconnaissance flights this week.  Go to full article
Firefighters pump out businesses on Market St. in Potsdam
Firefighters pump out businesses on Market St. in Potsdam

Flooding worsens in Potsdam

The most recent rainfall is worsening the flooding situation in many North Country communities. The latest community to declare a state of emergency is the village of Potsdam, after the Raquette River poured over a major retaining wall in the Evans & White parking lot early Wednesday morning. Officials say that's the first time that's happened since 1971.
David Sommerstein visited Potsdam yesterday evening and has this report.  Go to full article
Village officials inspect infrastructure in Saranac Lake (Photo:  Chris Morris)
Village officials inspect infrastructure in Saranac Lake (Photo: Chris Morris)

Village of Saranac Lake faces flood damage topping $5 million

Emergency officials in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake will be keeping a close watch on the water levels in their flood-swollen lakes and rivers again today.

Although conditions had stabilized in recent days, heavy rain moved through the Adirondacks Tuesday and more is in the forecast today, giving rise to fears that the local waterways could rise again.

Meanwhile, initial assessments have been compiled of some of the damage caused by the flooding over the past week in Franklin County. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
A crew works in Keeseville (Photos:  Brian Mann)
A crew works in Keeseville (Photos: Brian Mann)

As flooding continues, teamwork keeps rural towns afloat

The flooding crisis across northern New York and Vermont began more than a week ago and as we've been hearing there's still no end in sight.

State and local officials say their crews are weary and stretched thin as they continue to deal with evacuations, closed roads, and swamped sewer and water systems.

But they also say that this disaster has brought unprecedented levels of cooperation and coordination, with personnel shuttling between the hardest hit areas.

Brian Mann has that story this morning.  Go to full article

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