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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
A flooded home in Keeseville on the bank of the Ausable River. Brian Mann photo.
A flooded home in Keeseville on the bank of the Ausable River. Brian Mann photo.

Surging rivers threaten homes, businesses

Floodwaters across the North Country continued to surge yesterday, as rivers were swollen by more pounding rain and by warm temperatures that melted snow in the Adirondacks.

Roughly four inches of rain fell in the region over the last several days.

We've seen spring flooding before, of course, but this year it's not just one town or one river valley.

From the Hudson and the Schroon Rivers in the south to the Raquette and the Saranac Rivers in the north, communities are scrambling to protect their homes and businesses.

Transportation was snarled across the region as dozens of highways were closed. A record high level of water on Lake Champlain flooded the ferry dock at Essex, shutting down service to Charlotte, Vermont.

Dozens of roads across Essex County remain closed this morning. The hardest hit area is in the Lake Champlain town of Moriah where two bridges collapsed and many of the road washouts occurred. Officials say the town sustained more than $1.5 million in damage. (We'll have more on the flooding in Moriah Monday morning.)

Essex County officials say the preliminary estimate of damage to roads and bridges is about $2 million. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected in Port Henry at midday to meet with emergency officials and brief the press.

In Saranac Lake yesterday, Lake Flower and the Saranac River rose even higher, forcing some evacuations. As Chris Knight reports, officials say it's too early to know when flood waters will recede.  Go to full article
Keeseville highway supervisor Frank Soucy and Gary Burke monitor the rising Ausable (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Keeseville highway supervisor Frank Soucy and Gary Burke monitor the rising Ausable (Photos: Brian Mann)

As Ausable River surges, families and emergency crews scramble

Over the last seventy-two hours, the Ausable River has been transformed from a popular trout stream into a raging torrent.

High water and damaged highways have forced road closures from Lake Placid through Keene Valley all the way down through Jay and Ausable Forks.

Brian Mann was in Keeseville yesterday afternoon as emergency crews and volunteers braced for another big blast of water triggered by heavy rains.  Go to full article
Ferry service from Essex to Charlotte, Vermont, has been suspended.
Ferry service from Essex to Charlotte, Vermont, has been suspended.

Lake Champlain reaches record flood stage, hitting homes, businesses

At 10 last night, Lake Champlain rose to 102.36 feet, a new record.

The Lake Champlain Transportation Company had already shut down ferry service from Essex to Charlotte, Vt. Ferries are operating normally at Grand Isle and Crown Point.

Rising lake water means headaches and millions of dollars worth of damage for dozens of communities in New York and Vermont.
Bob Carroll owns the Westport Marina in Essex County. Last night, he gave Brian Mann a tour of his restaurant, now knee-deep under lake water.  Go to full article
Sandbagging at the Finish Line in Colton.
Sandbagging at the Finish Line in Colton.

Bracing for more water on the Raquette

Brookfield Renewable Power, which operates the dams along the Raquette River, had to release water several times Wednesday and Thursday, yielding rising water levels in Colton, Potsdam, and Norwood. The worst flooding was in Colton. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Sandbagging along the Saranac River below the Broadway bridge. Photos: Mark Kurtz.
Sandbagging along the Saranac River below the Broadway bridge. Photos: Mark Kurtz.

Flooding hits North Country as heavy rains continue

Widespread and heavy flooding has struck much of the North Country in the last twenty-four hours, as torrential rains, winds and even a tornado warning in Hamilton County have caused widespread disruptions.

Emergency officials say dozens of highways and a number of bridges have been washed out across the region.

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that Mineville-Witherbee fire chief Paul Tromblee was taken to Fletcher Allen hospital after a road collapsed under his vehicle.

Tromblee suffered a cervical injury but is described by the newspaper as in "fair" condition.

According to the National Weather Service, the Ausable River crested yesterday at more than three feet above flood stage.

Major flooding is still being reported at Rouses Point where Lake Champlain remains nearly two feet above flood stage.

Significant flooding and road damage has also been reported along the banks of the Schroon, the Raquette, and the Hudson rivers.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, some homes in the region were completely swamped by the rising water.

Brian Mann has been following the story in Saranac Lake, where emergency crews have been struggling to manage a dangerous glut of water pouring down from the Saranac chain of lakes.  Go to full article
The Hudson at North River yesterday. (photo: Sandy Demarest)
The Hudson at North River yesterday. (photo: Sandy Demarest)

High waters threaten along Schroon, Hudson rivers

John Warren is host of the Adirondack Almanack blog. We hear his Adirondack conditions reports every Friday morning here on North Country Public Radio.

He joined Martha Foley this morning from Chester, in Warren County. He'd been out and about between there and Vermont yesterday, watching Lake Champlain, and the rivers and streams on his way.  Go to full article
Jerry Savarie Road in Indian Lake completely covered by high water. Photo: Kate Roberts
Jerry Savarie Road in Indian Lake completely covered by high water. Photo: Kate Roberts

High waters close Adirondack roads

Sections of two major Adirondack highways remained closed this morning as authorities watch the swollen Ausable River.

As of 5:15 this morning, the East Branch of the Ausable was more than three feet above flood state at Ausable Forks. State highway officials say Rte 9N in the Town of Jay was closed in Ausable Forks just before 9 last night. That closed section stretches from Route 86 to Church Road. Route 9 from Elizabethtown to North Hudson is also closed because of high waters.

The Hudson River at North Creek is already nearly a foot above flood stage, with waters expected to continue rising through this morning.

At Rouses Point, meanwhile, Lake Champlain was more than a foot above flood stage at 5 am.

Officials are reminding shoreline owners to take measures to protect any property that could be exposed to flooding. They're also urging motorists to be watchful for flooded highways and roads.  Go to full article

Eyewitness: Trapped by the Floods

Governor Pataki says property damage from this week's deadly flooding is likely to total about 100 million dollars. Forecasters say more flooding could be coming tomorrow. They say runoff from today's torrential rain could drive water levels across the state even higher. Today's flooding killed at least three people in upstate New York, closed a 50-mile stretch of the Thruway and caused mass evacuations. Gregory Warner spoke with two Mohawk Valley residents - Sarah Ackroyd of Fort Plain and Jim Garrison of Nelliston.  Go to full article

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