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June 29, 2013

Cuomo declares flood emergency

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“The Saranac Lake looks good. It’s up a little bit, and we’re monitoring it,” he said, adding that the State Department of Environmental Conservation opened gates and released water Thursday in anticipation of the pending rain.

That helped anxious Saranac Lake officials, “so they feel they’re in pretty good shape,” Bashaw said. “They think they’ll be stable throughout the event.”

What also helped ease the tension was that “we didn’t get as much rain as we thought we were going to get,” he said, referring to an early prediction from the National Weather Service that had the region might see 6 inches.

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Flooding on Corlear Bay Road in the Town of Chesetrfield, southeast of the hamlet of Port Douglas, reportedly cut off 80 residences.

Chesterfield Highway Superintendent Philip Pray said the flooding is recurring problem with a brook that crosses Corlear Bay Road at its northern end. It has become filled with debris over the years.

He said town crews are not allowed to do work on private property, and homeowners don’t have the funds to take care of it themselves.

Pray said the road was closed to traffic midday, except for emergency vehicles, but water was expected to subside later in the day.

— Staff Writer Dan Heath and Editor Lois Clermont contributed to this report.

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