(Host) Lake Champlain is again rising this morning. Forecasters say the rain that fell the region last night will take a day or so to make it to the big lake.
National Weather Service forecaster Brooke Taber says Lake Champlain could reach a new high of 103-feet. That’s three feet above flood stage.
Lake Champlain’s coverage area has expanded, but it’s difficult to tell by how much. And Taber says that large surface area means it takes a long time for floodwaters to drain northward.
(Taber) "We just haven’t had an extended period of dry weather, so the continued rainfall and the associated run-off will continue to keep the Lake Champlain at record floods until further notice."
(Host) Low-lying area could be dealing with high water for several weeks. Shoreline roads remain closed this morning. And the Vermont Fish and Wildlife department says many fishing areas are now closed until the water recedes.
The Lake Champlain islands have been especially hard hit. On Isle La Motte, Route 129, which connects that island to Alburg has water on the road, and another section of that road is closed. But, the Isle La Motte School did re-open today, it had been closed since late last week.
Yesterday workers tried to shore up the Route Two causeway that connects the islands to Milton, because water has eaten away at the bank.