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July 4, 2013

Flooding wreaks havoc in Essex County

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From the chain of waterways through the Department of Environmental Conservation’s lower lock to Lake Flower Dam and below, the Saranac waters are testing boundaries.

FLOOD WARNING

Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau issued a warning early Wednesday, alerting village businesses and residents along the Saranac River to watch for rising water.

And with several more days of rain forecast, all eyes are on the water’s rise and fall.

“DEC Region 5 officials are now coordinating with village officials for a potentially large release of water from the locks to alleviate flooding in the Second Pond and Lower Lake areas,” Rabideau said in a statement.

“This action will affect those downstream, and the potential of localized flooding will exist.”

COMMUNICATING

Ongoing communication between the village and state DEC officials is critical as water above is released through locks to the village below, Rabideau said.

“We remain in constant contact with the DEC, coordinating the water flows between the locks and the Lake Flower Dam as Mother Nature continues to pummel us with unprecedented heavy rains day after day.

“Village officials checked the Moose Pond bridge area this morning and found the water ready to crest the roadway there. Why do we check miles downstream? Because we care just as much for those living below the dam as those living above it.

“We’re all in this together, and we’re all doing the best we can given the constant rain.”

BALANCE

DEC issued a statement early Wednesday in conjunction with village personnel.

“The goal is to balance water levels as best as possible throughout the Saranac River system, including Lower Saranac Lake, the village and the waterways in-between. The village and DEC will continue to monitor water levels and coordinate water releases.”

RECREATION CONCERNS

High water means rivers and lakes throughout the region present some concern for Fourth of July weekend recreation.

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