Warmer weather helping, but Keene Valley landslide still dangerous

High temperatures this week have dried things up around the North Country, but spells of heavy rain have officials keeping a close eye on a massive landslide in Keene Valley.

The record-breaking landslide on Little Porter Mountain accelerated some last week. Temperatures in the 90s helped, but persistent bouts of thunderstorms continue to exacerbate flooding issues, especially in the Champlain Valley.

No one has been injured by the landslide, but several homes have been condemned and others are still threatened.

Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee says he's been checking in on the situation constantly.

"I monitor it about every other day," he said. "Now there's some concern about the toe of the slide, the downhill side. It's now starting to push against some NYSEG poles located in that area. One property owner is moving his home to get away from it. It is growing closer to other properties and it is still moving. The rain the last couple of days hasn't helped anything either."

Ferebee says state geologists like Andrew Kozlowski have been a huge help throughout the ordeal.

He adds that property owners who've seen their homes condemned are devastated, noting that for those individuals, there's little value left financially speaking.

"They're just continuing, at this time, to let the house move and do what it's naturally going to do," he said. "I'm sure when this thing settles they'll go in and I'm sure remove the debris, because the house clearly isn't salvageable. The other home that's been affected, they're moving that home. And the other two, I haven't been in direct contact with their owners, just through the caretakers."

Meanwhile, lawmakers from across the region are growing increasingly anxious about whether or not federal dollars will be made available to help clean up from this spring's flooding.

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