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January 27, 2013

Malone flood waters recede slightly but remain high

MALONE — By Saturday, floodwaters on Lower Park Street in Malone had receded slightly from their highest point Friday afternoon.

“Yesterday afternoon it’s been up as high as it’s ever been,” with 4 feet of the water in some areas of the street, said Franklin County Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost.

“The water has gone down a little bit on the south end of the incident but remains high on the north end of the incident,” Provost said.

Provost and other emergency services personnel spent the morning at the flood site and planned to check back again later in the day, he said.

Eight houses with about 10 people total have been evacuated, Provost said.

One family is receiving lodging assistance from the American Red Cross and the rest of the evacuees are staying with family or friends, he said.

There’s no predicting what the flood waters will do or if they will become a threat to other homes, Provost said.

“We’re monitoring it and we’re prepared to move more people if we have to but we hope we don’t have to.”

As of Saturday afternoon, neither Franklin County Fire Control nor the Malone Village Police had received any flood-related calls for the day.

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) toured the area and told the Press-Republican on Friday she planned to speak with Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsurgh) about her findings.

A state of emergency was declared Friday.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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