Flooding continued for an eighth day on Lower Park Street in Malone, and the ice jam forcing the Salmon River over its banks has gotten smaller.
However, the rushing water collapsed a garage door at 353 Lower Park and ripped the structure from its foundation, and the building is expected to wash away.
The water level went down about 6 inches overnight, “but it’s not anywhere near getting it off the street,” Provost said.
The jam, which at one time measured about 4,000 feet long, is now about half that size, Provost said.
“It’s caving in, but it’s nowhere near where we need to get the water to return to the channel of the river. We’re going to be dealing with his for a few more days.
“It’s going to go back down to freezing tonight. And I’ve looked at the 10-day forecast, and it’s not going to be above freezing, so we’re going to have this a little longer.”
The forecast shows temperatures dropping to below freezing throughout the region, which will stall the snow and ice melt.
But the National Weather Service in Burlington issued a flood watch Friday for much of northern New York, warning that ice jams from heavy rain and melting ice cover could cause localized flooding.
— Staff Writers Denise Raymo, Lohr McKinstry and Felicia Krieg contributed to this report.