Colton, NY, May 09, 2011 — 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
Colton, NY, Apr 29, 2011 — 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
Apr 30, 2010 — What may be the longest-running legal battle in the history of the Adirondack Park Agency quietly came to an end last month. Tim Jones signed a settlement agreement with the APA in March and was given an after-the-fact permit for a small cabin he built next to the Raquette River in the town of Tupper Lake 18 years ago. Jones had previously refused to acknowledge the APA's jurisdiction, and the Park Agency continued to pursue the case until, according to Jones, the governor's office stepped in. Chris Knight reports. Go to full article
May 08, 2007 — One of the North Country's most vocal leaders in local government stepped down unexpectedly last week. Colton town supervisor Hank Ford was known for his combative style and ardent support for private land, snowmobilers, and ATV riders in the Adirondacks. Ford was supervisor for almost 10 years. He's also the regional leader of the Conservative Party. He says he resigned due to health problems and to spend more time with his two grandsons. But Ford's critics have speculated that the reason's more than personal. Ford took heat when Colton dropped its two-year-old veto of the state's purchase of land owned by International Paper. Two months later, Colton got a million dollar state grant to improve parks and athletic fields. Some residents suggested the two were linked. Ford told David sommerstein the town lifted the veto because Albany agreed to drop a challenge to Colton's assessment of state land. Go to full article
May 25, 2005 — The Adirondack Park Agency held the first of five public meetings in Colton last night. The agency is gathering comments regarding the classification, or reclassification, of 78 parcels of forest land in the Adirondack Park. In St. Lawrence County, the focus is on one of them - a boreal forest that borders Carry Falls reservoir on the Raquette River. Environmentalists want to protect a rare habitat. ATV and snowmobile riders want access. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Mar 07, 2001 — It's March in the North Country and that means its time to put on your bathing suit and go for a swim. Sounds crazy, but for seven straight years, that's just what some daring dippers have done to help support emergency medical services across St. Lawrence County. Jody Tosti spent the day at the Raquette River, trying to keep warm while watching the Polar Bear Dive:
The annual fundraiser is held at the Shoreline Restaurant and benefits a different St. Lawrence County emergency medical service each year. This year, dippers brought in more than $6,000 for the Potsdam Rescue Squad. Go to full article