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Rain, snowmelt fill up area rivers

Earthen dam break muddies water supply

The level of the Great Sacandaga Lake continued to rise Thursday, with picnic tables and buildings at Northampton Beach Campground covered by the rising waters.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
The level of the Great Sacandaga Lake continued to rise Thursday, with picnic tables and buildings at Northampton Beach Campground covered by the rising waters.
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Days of heavy rain and late northern snowmelt sent the Hudson and Sacandaga rivers over major flood levels Thursday as they roared through small northern communities and south into the Capital Region. Smaller tributaries added their surge and residents along them watched cautiously. The swamping rain filled all streams in the region, with the Mohawk River high but less problematic. No major damage and no injuries had been reported into Thursday evening. In the town ...

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heyrube17
April 29, 2011
4:06 p.m.

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The purpose of the Great Sacandaga Lake is flood control. When are the powers that be ( HRBRRD !) going to start being responsible and start releasing water BEFORE the lake is overflowing ? The current water level is above the height of the land owned by NYS, and is encroaching on private property.
The amount of shoreline damage and erosion is entirely preventable. There were plenty of rain-free days in the last month during which water could have been safely released, in preparation for spring rains and snow run-off. Somehow this lake ( and dam) were run properly for some 70+ years, and yet now, management can't seem to get it right.

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