Lake Champlain has Never Been Higher

Lake Champlain has reached a new high water mark- 102.02 feet at the U.S. Geological Survey monitoring site near the ECHO Center Thursday morning the Burlington Free Press reports. The new mark eclipses the previous record of 101.86 feet set April 27, 1993.

Flooding continues to be a major concern throughout  Vermont today, multiple roads remain closed and people have had to evacuate their homes due to the high water. The village of Jeffersonville in Cambridge was hit especially hard as the Lamoille River overflowed its banks.

Vermont Emergency Management Director Mike O’Neil and Vermont Secretary of Transportation Brian Searles both appeared on WCAX Channel 3 today to provides updates on the flooding. O’Neil reminds Vermonters to contact their local emergency management representative to report any damages to homes or businesses from floodwaters. FEMA officials will be in Vermont today to access damage. Searles said that over two dozen state roads were closed yesterday and many local roads in municipalities.

More rain could be on the way for this afternoon. Watch for rising rivers and streams and do not attempt to drive through a flooded roadway.

12:30 p.m.-Williston Public Works reports that Old Stage Road is closed between Maple Road and Brookside Drive this afternoon.

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