|Flooded Area of Plattsburgh|
The average water level for Lake Champlain is 95.5 feet and the flood tage for the lake is considered 100 feet. The previous high-water mark for the lake was set in 1993 at 101.89 feet. Preliminary high-watermark estimates for 2011 is 103.2 feet. The lake is being filled with snow-melt and incessant rain from the Adirondacks in New York State and the Green Mountains of Vermont. In addition, the Richelieu River in Canada, which Lake Champlain flows into, was at record levels, too, prompting severe flooding there. It's estimated that it could take until July to drop below flood stage levels.
In Vermont floodwaters threaten to cut-off about 7,500 people who live in the Grand Island Counties while in New York over 100 people were driven out of their homes and 48 people were being sheltered by the American Red Cross in the Crete Memorial Civic Center, after the flooding at Lakeside Apartments, in Plattsburgh.
The flooding in this region could cause some major issues. The slow rate the water is receding will give fungi (mold and mildew) and bacteria a chance to grow and fester. The following video on YouTube, Avoiding IAQ Problems after a Flood will help you handle many of the issues that flooding brings to the table.