Posts Tagged ‘flooding’

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Northern Forest Center to host March 19 webinar on flood planning, mitigation

Northern Forest Center logo.

The Northern Forest Center will present “Getting Ahead of the Flood Risk: How Communities can Proactively Mitigate for Floods,” the next Zoom webinar in its Building the New Forest Future series on March 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Many communities in the Northern Forest have already experienced devastating floods. In this webinar, leaders from around the region will discuss what communities can do before they experience flooding, through proactive work to build resilience and mitigate future disasters.

Registration is free, but is required to participate. Click here to register for the webinar.  » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Floods strike again


A truck pushes through a section of Route 9 closed from flooding.

Floods cut off access

Floods throughout the Adirondack Park closed roads, cut off access and inundated large areas on Monday amid long-lasting rain storms in warmer-than-usual December weather.

Rivers swelled overnight and throughout Monday, with many reaching flood stage on Monday. Key sections of state Routes 30, 73, 9 and 9N were closed, as were numerous secondary roads throughout the region.

Local governments and counties declared states of emergency, and school was disrupted in some school districts.

The Ausable and Boquet, New York’s steepest rivers, rose quickly during the downpour. Water on the Ausable rose to the bottom of the bridge crossing it near the Olympic ski jumps in Lake Placid, and the Boquet swamped nearby roads.

Some rivers rose even higher than in July, when heavy rainstorms led to flooding and elevated water levels throughout much of the season. Summer or winter… flooding is a central challenge to Adirondack communities.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

The Albany 1913 Flood: The Possible Consequences for the Adirondacks (Part I )

Damage of the 1913 floods

By Mike Prescott

It was Easter weekend in March 1913, when without warning upstate New York was struck with a massive storm. The Hudson River rose above all previous recorded levels. The flooding was a result of a huge violent storm system that had developed in the Midwest and lasted for five days.

On Good Friday, March 21, 1913 a strong high-pressure system brought hurricane winds and heavy rain into western New York with gusts of ninety miles an hour in Buffalo. Wind, rain, and sleet downed telephone and telegraph lines across the eastern seaboard. Information about the severity of the storm was unable to be communicated thought the eastern portions of the Nation much less New York State.

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Thursday, August 17, 2023

Flooding repair funds available

flooding: Town of Long Lake

The Housing Assistance Program of Essex County (HAPEC) is working with New York State Homes and Community Renewal to administer a new flood relief repair program in Clinton, Essex and Hamilton counties.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced the program on Aug. 8. Up to $3 million in funding is available for emergency flood repair assistance for low- and moderate income homeowners in several New York counties.

Applications will be accepted now until funding is expended.  Interested applicants should contact Jennifer Smith at HAPEC at (518) 873-6888 or

Link to HAPEC website and application is here. Full information and eligibility guidelines can be found on the New York Homes and Community Renewal website.

Photo at top: Flooding in the town of Long Lake from July 2023.

Sunday, July 30, 2023

Rethinking 100 year storms


The Winooski River in Vermont seldom makes national headlines, and when it does it’s usually ungood. The Great Vermont Flood of 1927 wiped out more than 1,200 bridges and killed 84 people, including Lt. Gov. Hollister Jackson, who drowned trying to cross high water in his automobile.

An ice jam in 1992 and Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 were other significant events for the Winooski (the name is a derivation of an Indigenous word for “onion,” reflective of the wild ramps or leeks that grew on its banks) a 90-mile tributary emptying into Lake Champlain near Burlington.

Recently, a single storm dumped two month’s worth of rain on parts of New England, turning Montpelier into a lake, but fortunately leaving all of the state’s politicians upright. In the Adirondacks, communities including Newcomb, Long Lake and Saranac were hit particularly hard, with road closures, flooded highways and crumpled pavement.

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Monday, July 24, 2023

A Warming Climate


Tulare Lake Basin flood progression
Extreme Weather Events

I recall reading, earlier this year, about unprecedented flooding, in several areas of California that, until that time, had been stricken by years of climate-change-induced mega-drought so dire that, in August of 2021, a major hydroelectric power plant, Edward Hyatt Power Plant, was forced to shut down for the first time since it opened in 1967, due to extraordinarily low water levels. The plant’s reservoir, California’s second-largest, Lake Oroville, had fallen to just 24% of total capacity.

After this year’s January storms, however, the water level started to rise. It was 82% full on March 10th, when officials began letting water out of the reservoir for the first time in four years. Earlier this month, Lake Oroville had filled to 100% capacity.

In April, California’s Tulare Lake, a dry lake, was refilling, due to torrential rainfall. It’s currently five – to seven-feet deep. Fish now populate its waters. And birds have flocked to its shores. Tulare Lake was once the largest lake west of the Mississippi River. When full, it covered 800 square miles and fed several rivers. But it dried up completely nearly a century ago, as a result of dams, canals, and levees being built in and around California’s San Joaquin Valley; the largest agricultural region in the state of California. The last time a portion of the lake resurfaced was in 1983.

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Saturday, July 22, 2023

Checking on loons after the recent rain storms

Loon Chicks First Lake Dog Island

We just got lucky with all the rains, and washouts to the east, north and south of us. I had four inches of rain in my gauge when I came home from the west trip, got an inch the next day and then two days later when most of the damage was done to the east of us, I had three and a half inches in the gauge. Where the flooding had occurred, they were getting six to eight inches that day, and with the ground already saturated it just ran off causing washed out roads and bridges. Places that had never had that kind of water problem were under water for a time until it ran off, taking parts of highways with it and flooding homes and businesses.

Long Lake took the brunt of the flooding, but parts of Blue Mountain also had some damage. The little brook that ran out of the big beaver meadow along Route 28N must have had the big beaver dam blow out.  All that water coming down hill into town washed out the road to into town and then the road by Hoss’s Store in town, flooding some homes along the way. Then all that water going into Jennings Pond behind the ball field and hotel was too much for the outlet into Long Lake, so it ran across the road by the seaplane base before the causeway burst on the pond into Long Lake.

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Saturday, July 15, 2023

Reminder to respect, give space to wildlife & their young

Velvet Green Swallow

With the smoke from the fires in Canada being the big news, people were asking about the danger of fires here in the Adirondacks. Some forgot about all the water and where it runs when you get five to eight inches at a time. I don’t know how many floods I went through in the Moose River Area during my 33 years as a Forest Ranger there (and many times since I retired 24 years ago.) I know we lost the Governor Brook tube seven times…and still no bridge yet, they just fill in the hole.

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Thursday, July 13, 2023

Central Adirondack Flooding: How You Can Help


flooding: Town of Long Lake

One of the defining truths about the Adirondack region is that people look out for one another. We saw it during the pandemic. We saw it during Tropical Storm Irene. As we watch the updates come in from the Central Adirondacks, we see it again: emergency responders, public safety officers, federal and state agencies, businesses, and volunteers coming together to assess the damage. Central Adirondack communities have been battered by the recent deluge, especially Long Lake and the Indian Lake hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake. Roads are closed, a dam has been breached, and businesses disrupted.

And, there are already bright spots of generosity. Everywhere, Adirondackers are helping one another in ways big and small.

The situation is evolving, but our team here at Adirondack Foundation is in conversation with local leaders and our nonprofit partners to help coordinate a philanthropic response. We know the work will be just beginning as the water recedes.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Rangers assist with welfare checks following severe flooding in Town of Hope, crack down on illegal camp in Warren County

forest ranger reportRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Hamilton County
Town of Hope
Flood Response:
On Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m., Hamilton County requested Forest Ranger assistance with welfare checks after severe flooding in the town of Hope. Ranger Lt. Kerr and Rangers Scott, Perryman, and Nally responded with swiftwater gear. An ice jam blocking the Sacandaga River had broken, causing an increase in water downstream, flooding multiple homes. Rangers also responded to an incident involving a passenger vehicle in the river. A town employee had already helped remove the driver.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Check your flood risk

New national maps suggest flood risk is far higher than most people realize, in New York and across the country.

In some Adirondack counties, thousands more properties are considered at risk of flooding than federal flood estimates have shown, according to data by First Street Foundation, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit.

The group released a simple online tool, called Flood Factor, that lets people look up their flood risk by address. The website is part of a growing body of work by data scientists trying to reckon with the risk of disasters, like floods and fires, that occur at the boundary of development and nature.

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