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February 1, 2013

Winds strafe North Country

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POWER OUTAGES

Shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, 2,939 NYSEG customers in Clinton County were without power and 1,049 customers in Essex County did not have power, according to NYSEG’s website.

Just before 7 p.m. the Essex County number was reduced to 453, with 958 NYSEG customers in Clinton County and about 100 in Franklin County without power.

MALONE FLOODING

The wind problem wasn’t as severe Thursday in Franklin County.

Just three wind-related calls had been made to Franklin County Emergency Services dispatchers by midday, said Director Ricky Provost. Two calls about downed trees were in the Paul Smiths area and the other on Route 374 in Chateaugay, but neither was significant.

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.”

FORECAST

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. 

— Editor Lois Clermont and Staff Writers Denise A. Raymo and Lohr McKinstry contributed to this report.

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