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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
We're in for some turbulent times in the next couple of days.

Lake Champlain flooding worsens, hitting Plattsburgh, Rouses Point

The National Weather Service says as much as half an inch of rain is possible today in parts of the North Country. The hardest hit area this morning is Lake Champlain which is expected to continue rising this week toward a new record flood stage of 102.9 feet. Brian Mann has an update.  Go to full article
The scene last Friday in Indian Lake (Photo:  Kate Roberts)
The scene last Friday in Indian Lake (Photo: Kate Roberts)

Flood clean-up begins in Indian Lake

The central Adirondacks were hit hard by flooding over the last week, with major highways closed to traffic and serious concerns about stress on the region's dams. But in Indian Lake, local officials say life is returning to normal. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
A tiny opening appears between lake water and the Main Street Bridge (Photo:  Chris Morris
A tiny opening appears between lake water and the Main Street Bridge (Photo: Chris Morris

Saranac Lake dries out, rests up, assesses damage

Flood conditions in parts of the North Country eased a bit on Monday as emergency personnel continued dealing with the damage caused by high waters.

In Saranac Lake, water levels receded, providing officials with the chance to assess infrastructure above and below the Lake Flower Dam.

Following five tense days, some volunteers are being sent home to rest. But as Chris Morris reports, more heavy rain is expected today.  Go to full article
James Augustine and Ed Annese outside their homes in Tupper Lake (Photos:  Brian Mann)
James Augustine and Ed Annese outside their homes in Tupper Lake (Photos: Brian Mann)

Tupper Lake hit hard over weekend by rising Raquette

In some parts of the North Country, clean-up efforts and damage assessment has already begun following last week's floods. But in Tupper Lake and other communities along the Raquette, the crisis was still building over the weekend as rising water pushed into more neighborhoods. Brian Mann spoke with families and emergency crews and has our story.  Go to full article
Homes along the Gulf Rd. in Colton were surrounded by the Raquette on Sunday.  The road was closed except for local traffic.
Homes along the Gulf Rd. in Colton were surrounded by the Raquette on Sunday. The road was closed except for local traffic.

Water levels uncertain down the Raquette

The company that manages the hydroelectric dams downstream from Tupper Lake along the Raquette River says it's starting to see water levels go down. But with more rain in the forecast, it's not clear if that trend will hold. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake bridge still closed

The Associated Press reported this weekend that the Hudson River rose to a record height in the village of Schuylerville, seven feet above flood stage. High water postponed the scheduled opening of parts of the state canal system and forced road closures from the Southern Tier to the North Country. According to The Times Union, of Albany, several homes in Moreau had to be evacuated.

And the Watertown Daily Times reported that farmers in some Lewis County towns had to evacuate livestock because of flooding.

Saranac Lake battled much of last week against high waters flowing through out of the Saranac chain of lakes through the village. Businesses and homes were flooded, and this morning, officials were still monitoring a key downtown bridge. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Repair works begins on a sewer line and bridge in Moriah (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Repair works begins on a sewer line and bridge in Moriah (Photos: Brian Mann)

Flood damage estimates rise toward $25 million as rebuilding begins

Even as some communities were still battling rising waters over the weekend, state and local officials have begun the process of calculating just how much the clean-up and repair effort will cost. Some construction projects are already underway and some business-owners are trying to clean up and get back to work. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo, Sen. Little and Essex County chairman Randy Douglas
Governor Cuomo, Sen. Little and Essex County chairman Randy Douglas

Governor Cuomo declares official disaster in Essex County

Just after noon on Friday Governor Andrew Cuomo arrived by helicopter in the flood-ravaged community of Moriah, in the Champlain Valley.

After touring two sites where bridges collapsed following torrential rains, the governor declared that Essex County has official "disaster" status.  Go to full article

DOT updates road closures

Road and bridge closures are widespread in the three state transportation department regions that span the North Country.Conditions are changing, sometimes rapidly, and the DOT has an evergreen warning to never drive through standing water whether a road is closed or not.
This is the list from the DOT at 12:30 this afternoon:  Go to full article

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