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Lake Champlain - Record-shattering flooding

Records go back to at least the mid-1800s


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5 May 11 - "Record-shattering flooding is occurring along Lake Champlain in Vermont, New York and Quebec," says Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist at

"Lake level records date back to at least the middle 1800s along Champlain, and this flood eclipses them all."

Burlington, Vt., has been inundated by more than 9 inches of rain since April 1, three times normal rainfall for the period, and received almost 2 inches of rain yesterday alone.

Measuring 125 miles long and up 14 miles wide, Lake Champlain is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the U.S.

Such a large lake takes a long time to rise and fall during a runoff event, says Sosnowski. "The flooding may continue for weeks."

Lake Champlain drains into the Richelieu River, flows northward through part of eastern Quebec and empties into the St. Lawrence River just east of Montreal. "Not surprisingly, moderate to major flooding was occurring along the Richelieu," says Sosnowski.

     My sister lives in Burlington, so this is of special interest to me.

See entire article:
Thanks to James K. for this link

Also see yesterday's post:
Quebec asks military for help - 2100 houses flooded


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