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April 18, 2014

Most flooded roads reopened in North Country

MALONE — Two Franklin County roads damaged by flooding remained closed Thursday, but officials reopened others as the water level of the Salmon River receded.

Studley Hill Road in the Town of Malone and a section of Webster Street Road in the Town of Duane and Town of Malone about 5 miles south of the Village of Malone “will be closed for awhile,” said County Deputy Fire Coordinator Mike McMahon.

Also, those homeowners in the Village of Malone whose power was cut due to floodwaters have until 3 p.m. Friday to get their houses inspected and have their service restored or be without electricity until next week.

The localized state of emergency the village declared Wednesday is expected to remain in effect until next week since there is still a huge volume of water yet to come down from the Adirondacks, said Village Trustee Michael Maneely.

“We’re being told there are 3 to 6 feet of snow left in the mountains, and we’re hoping and praying it melts slowly so we don’t have this happen again,” he said.

CELLARS PUMPED OUT

Patnode and Lafayette streets and Howard Avenue were awash with several inches of icy water Wednesday as the Salmon churned through the east side of the village in an area known as The Flats.

He said Malone Callfiremen were pumping out cellars in a handful of houses to help homeowners get electricity restored after their junction boxes were pulled off their houses.

Once the water was gone, code-enforcement officers were conducting inspections Thursday afternoon to make sure the structures are safe.

“People are trying to clear the water out of their cellars down there, but their furnaces and hot-water heaters are ruined,” Maneely said. “We feel sorry for them, but the village really doesn’t have the money to help them.”

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