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Lake Champlain Flooding

Lake Champlain flooding May 2011
Vermont Governor's Office

The International Joint Commission Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study Board held a series of virtual hearings this week in English and French to update cross-border interests on a study investigating potential flooding mitigation options for Lake Champlain and the river it flows into.

High Lake Champlain water levels at Ausable Point State Park, May 2019
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Meteorologists say Lake Champlain has been above flood stage for more than three weeks and the lake isn't expected to drop below flood stage for another week or so.

Lakeside Apartment flooding, Spring 2011
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In the spring of 2011, Lake Champlain reached record high levels and historic flooding occurred.  In Plattsburgh, a low-income housing complex along the lakeshore was condemned.  On Monday, the Plattsburgh City Planning Board approved plans to redevelop the 3-point-3 acre property.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Lake Champlain Basin Program has released a new report assessing flood resilience and offering recommendations and management strategies that could prevent major flooding of the kind that occurred in 2011.