Wind means more trouble for Lake Champlain shores

Lake Champlain rose again yesterday – as south winds pushed water back onto roads and waterfront.

Communities had been fearing a shift in the winds. The lake is LONG…and even in normal times, a persistent wind can shift volumes of water, sort of tilting the surface one way or the other.

The Plattsburgh Press Republican reports this morning that winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour brought the lake up to nearly 103 feet above sea level, higher than it was over the weekend.

Town and city crews from Plattsburgh to Rousses Point worked to shore up emergency berms protecting roads and properties.

Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day told the Press republican damage was widespread to south-facing property on the lake.

“About a month ago, we had the same wind,” he told the paper, but then, “the lake was three feet lower.”

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