Monday, May 2, 2011

High Water

This weekend we went up to make sure that the cellar at the Ticonderoga house wasn't flooded. Everything was fine, so we went out to see how high the water was around the area. With all the rain and continued snow melting in the mountains, the lakes and rivers are overflowing. Schroon River was way above its banks and the campgrounds were partially underwater. Even some of the houses had water lapping at their doors. Almost all the docks at Brant Lake were submerged, with water almost into the road in places. Lake Champlain was (and still is) at record high levels. On the way to see the construction progress on the new Champlain bridge to Vermont, the main road was flooded and Rt. 9N into Port Henry was closed. We have heard that they had to close the Essex ferry due to flooding at the approach, and the Ticonderoga ferry hasn't been able to open for the season.
Good luck parking at all!Dave even found a dead fish in the road. There were actually a few people trying to find the ramp to launch their boats.

The water level in Lake George, although still high, is regulated by a dam and water was rushing out of the huge culverts like we had never seen it before. As the water reached the LaChute River and went over the falls, it raised the level above the banks and into the viewing area at the base of the waterfall.
As it continued its way down to Lake Champlain, the water covered the launch ramp into the lower parking area, then went over the seawall and onto the walking trail.

We were in awe everywhere we went, and the flooding will probably continue for awhile. Once again rain is predicted for the next two days!

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