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June 29, 2013

Cuomo declares flood emergency

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Newly restored Footbridge Park was underwater, the footbridge itself standing sentinel above the white-capped Boquet.

The Boquet River Fish Fest, scheduled for today at the Elizabethtown Fish & Game Club, was canceled due to the flooding.

In Keene Valley, Phelps Brook jumped its banks Friday morning, inundating homes and property.

CLOSE CALL

Just past noon, the water in the Boquet branches and Barton Brook started to recede in Elizabethtown.

Carol Brassard and two of her neighbors, Tiffany Welch, 17, and Amy Keech, 34, returned to their mobile homes off Noble Terrace.

Brassard said none of the homes in the small park were inundated with floodwater.

“But it was close,” she said, measuring out about six inches between hands. “It came this far from the back of the trailer.”

Brassard, Welch and Keech were among about two dozen evacuees who relocated for most of Friday morning, staying with friends and neighbors on higher ground.

“It’s amazing how fast it can go down,” Brassard said, watching water race around the Noble Terrace bridge.

“But everybody looks good. This is close to Irene (flooding). But not quite.”

Brassard and her neighbors returned to their homes by midday to check for damage.

“I hope the rain stops,” she said, as the sun broke through a break in the clouds.

POWER OUTAGES

Meanwhile, power outages were the biggest problem in Franklin County, with 3,000 customers out at one point.

Some impacted homes and businesses were supposed to get service back quickly, according to the National Grid website.

A  flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Franklin County, especially Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Malone, where heavy rain two weeks ago caused flooding.

The Salmon River is included in the warning as vulnerable to flooding.

GATES OPENED

John Bashaw II, deputy director of Franklin County Emergency Services, said none of the rivers or streams his agency is watching were flooded as of Friday morning.

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