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State plans flood alert system

A flood warning siren remains broken and on the ground on Priddle Road in Esperance on Sept. 26, 2011, about a month after floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene decimated the area.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
A flood warning siren remains broken and on the ground on Priddle Road in Esperance on Sept. 26, 2011, about a month after floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene decimated the area.
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A few moments of advance notice might have saved the life of Ethel Healey this summer before the Otsquago Creek suddenly inundated Fort Plain and swept her away in her home. The current system of rain and stream gauges wasn’t enough. But if all works as planned, three river basins covering more than 13,000 square miles — all in the crosshairs of major waterways — will feature modernized alert capabilities. New York state is proposing ...


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