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April 16, 2014

Rain brings floods

Water levels rise after showers mix with snowmelt

PLATTSBURGH — Emergency-preparedness officials were keeping a close eye on rivers and lakes Tuesday as steady rain helped swell water levels and flooded numerous roads.

A couple of families were evacuated from their homes in the Dickinson/St. Regis Falls area.

And many others, warned to get out through repeated calls from the Reverse 911 communications system, had so far decided to stay put and weather the storm, Franklin County Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost said at about 2 p.m.

“We can’t force them out,” he said.

‘USUAL SUSPECT AREAS’

More than a dozen Franklin County roads were inundated with water on Tuesday, and one — Webster Street Road in the Town of Malone — could be closed for several weeks because of the damage, Provost said.

“We’ve got widespread flooding in the usual suspect areas: Duane, Malone, Fort Covington, Dickinson, over near Ballard Mill,” he said.

“It’s all along the Salmon River corridor.”

A cluster of 4-inch pipes under Studley Hill Road in the Town of Duane was torn up by the volume of water, “but we won’t know how much damage there is until we are able to get in there,” Provost said.

This is the second year in a row that same road has been destroyed by heavy and extended flooding, he said.

CLINTON COUNTY ROADS

As of Tuesday afternoon, five roads were closed in Clinton County due to flooding. 

River Street in the Village of Champlain; Creek Road in the Town of Champlain; River Road and Bowen Road in Saranac; and Bradley Pond Road in Dannemora; were blocked to traffic, according to Eric Day, director of Clinton County Emergency Services.

“Overnight will be the key period because the rivers are pretty swollen right now,” he said.

The water level of Lake Champlain was 99.04 feet as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service website. Flood stage is 100 feet.

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