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Lake Champlain passes high-water record

ADDISON, Vt. - Lake Champlain floodwater continues to expand inland as days of heavy rain, and a record mountain snow melt, continue to flow into the lake basin from feeder rivers and creeks.

The lake began rising sharply late in the afternoon May 3 in Vermont. On May 4, it was two feet above the past record flood level.

The Route 125 approach to the temporary ferry crossing in Addison, a few hundred yards south of the site of the new bridge construction, was closed May 3. After a week of threatening levels, water finally spilled on to the roadway just south of the Bridge Restaurant in Addison. Access to the Addison ferry was closed on the morning of May 4.

In a news statement May 2, New York State Transportation Engineer John Grady said work on the new bridge had been stopped. He said efforts to receive several large span arches, manufactured by a steel mill in western Pennsylvania, were also being held up.

Grady said construction workers had planned to assemble the archways at the Port Henry, N.Y., marina, but the facility is now underwater.

According to Grady, special rigs for the arches can't be installed at the marina until the water line drops.

Elsewhere on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain, VTrans workers were trying to keep the Route 2 causeway open between the Champlain Islands and Milton using various earthen and modular shoring methods.

Saint Albans town officials reported that a number of summer camps along the lakeshore were underwater May 4.

The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter in downtown St. Albans but there were no reports of individuals needing emergency services.

See next week's Addison Eagle for flood photographs and news updates.

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