ADDISON-Lake Champlain floodwater continued to expand inland last week as days of heavy rain, and a record mountain snow melt, flowed into the lake basin from feeder rivers and creeks.
The lake began rising sharply late in the afternoon May 3 in Vermont. On May 4, it was two feet above the past record flood level.
The Route 125 approach to the temporary ferry crossing in Addison, a few hundred yards south of the site of the new bridge construction, was closed May 3.
After a week of threatening levels, water finally spilled on to the roadway just south of the Bridge Restaurant in Addison. Access to the Addison ferry was closed on the morning of May 4.
In a news statement May 2, New York State Transportation Engineer John Grady said efforts to receive several large span arches via barge, manufactured by a steel mill in western Pennsylvania, were also being held up.
Grady said construction workers had planned to assemble the archways at the Port Henry, N.Y., marina, but the facility is now underwater.
According to Grady, special jigs for the arches can't be installed at the marina until the water line drops.
Elsewhere on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain, VTrans workers kept the Route 2 causeway open between the Champlain Islands and Milton using various earthen and modular shoring methods.
Saint Albans town officials reported that a number of summer camps along the lakeshore were underwater May 4.
The American Red Cross opened an emergency temporary shelter in downtown St. Albans.