June 15, 2013

Flood damage reaches $4 million



Inmates from the Franklin County Jail filled more than 3,000 sandbags that were placed around Saranac Lake properties.

By Thursday afternoon, some flooding had subsided, which gave officials time to take a look at damaged roads and infrastructure.

As of Friday afternoon, the total was $4,173,000 and counting, Provost said.

The high water undermined a normally impenetrable head wall under Spaulding Road in the Town of Bangor, weakening the structure and creating a large hole in the surface pavement.

Repairs could run about $250,000, while a damaged bridge on Church Street in the Town of Dickinson will cost about $600,000 to fix, officials said.

Provost said his advice is for the county to start contacting lawmakers in Albany to make sure Franklin County gets attention and financial help.

But, he said, “there’s no guarantee we’re going to be getting funding for this.”

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