Lake Champlain Begins To Flood

Published 04/17 2014 10:27AM

Updated 04/17 2014 10:47AM

Taking earlier this season as ice melted
Taking earlier this season as ice melted/Philip Tortora
Lake Champlain rose higher than 100 feet above sea level (ASL) Thursday morning, April 17 and is forecast to continue rising through the next several days.

It's a sorrowful reminder of a few years ago when historic flooding happened on the lake between April and May 2011. The lake peaked on May 6, 2011 at higher than 103' ASL causing widespread damage along the lake.

Fortunately so far the flooding has been minor. However the rate at which the lake rose from April 1 to 16 was alarming. The impacts are minimal to begin, once the lake surpasses that 100 foot mark. Mainly immediate docks, yards, and land along the lake become covered with water. The forecast is for the lake to continue rising, then staying steady through Sunday morning (20th). After that it truly depends on what kind of weather we get. It's difficult to forecast how high the lake will get weeks in advance, but since it is already very high and there is 63" of snow on top of Mount Mansfield, flooding will likely last along the lake.

There are a couple of things you want to do moving forward. First of all you can track the current lake level here and the lake forecast here. Next, stay up to date with our forecast because strong winds cause erosion and can worsen flooding along shorelines facing into the wind. Finally, take flooding seriously. It is the #1 killer in terms of natural disasters, mostly from people driving through flooded roads.

-Meteorologist Steve Glazier

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