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April 17, 2014

Floods dampen North Country

Roads remain closed due to high water levels

MALONE — Some Malone homes were surrounded on Wednesday by water that had been pouring in for more than 24 hours.

That means their foundations could be compromised and deemed unsafe to occupy, village officials say.

The severe flooding along the Salmon River prompted village officials in Malone to declare a limited state of emergency late Tuesday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also declared a state of emergency for all of Franklin, Essex, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis and Herkimer counties.

While the high water along the Salmon River corridor seemed to be receding Wednesday, Franklin County officials continued to advise extreme caution to those who live there.

Follow any emergency instructions from the reverse 911 communication system, they prompted in a press release.


Malone Village Trustee Michael Maneely and Code Enforcement Officers Jim Haley and Charlie Robert assessed the situation there at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, watching the homes that remain vulnerable in the Lafayette-Patnode-Willow streets area known as The Flats.

Three families were evacuated Tuesday and were being helped by volunteers with the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross, Maneely said.

A news release from the Red Cross states that it assisted six adults and two children with overnight lodging and a more long-term housing solution.


Maneely said electrical-junction boxes were pulled on nine homes and that each will have to be inspected by code officers before the power can be restored.

Some residents stayed put even with their electricity off, using generators to deal with several inches of swift-moving water that still covered Patnode Street and part of Lafayette Street and overwhelmed a storm drain there Wednesday morning.

“Thank God my sump pump was on all night,” said Gary Mageean, who owns 16 Patnode St. “I was really nervous.”

Officials estimated the water had receded about a foot from its high point Tuesday.

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