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In northern New York and Vermont, the disaster has developed slowly. Weeks of torrential rains have glutted Lake Champlain, flooding hundreds of miles of coastline.
Now, in the mountain village of Keene Valley, N.Y., all that water has triggered a massive landslide that is slowly destroying a neighborhood.
'Largest Landslide In State's History'
Town Supervisor Bill Ferebee walks along a gravel road, stepping over big fissures.
"This all, this area has just dropped," he says.
He's here to inspect one of the dozen houses perched on Little Porter Mountain. It looks like someone grabbed the entire structure and gave it a fierce twist.
"You can see here how the house has lifted," he says. "This has lifted in just the last three days. So the house is tipping forward."
New York state geologist Andrew Kozlowski says hundreds of thousands of tons of rock and earth have been destabilized.
"The area that's moving, that's impacted, is 82 acres," he says. "Eighty-two acres of land mass on the side of the mountain is physically moving. It's the largest landslide in the state's history."