June 13, 2013

State of emergency in Franklin Co.; flood damage in Clinton Co., too

Franklin County, part of Clinton hit hard

MALONE — Franklin County declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning as flood waters closed 28 roads, especially impacting homes in Fort Covington and Malone.

One elderly man was evacuated from his home on Salmon Street in Fort Covington by a water-rescue team that found his place surrounded by water and bombarded by floating limbs and other wood.

In Clinton County, several roads were closed in the Town of Saranac, where flooding attacked Square Pond Campground on Square Dashnaw Road on Tuesday night.


“It was very scary for a bit,” campground owner Andrea Dashnaw said. “Everybody here was evacuated but myself and my boyfriend.”

Her daughters, Katelynn, 16, and Sarah, 11, were taken to safety and are staying with an aunt until the end of the school year, Dashnaw said.

“Our whole road to get in and out of here is done,” she said. “It was very quick. At 5 o’clock, my nephew came in and said the brook was getting really high.”

The bridge that supported the campground’s only entry road — both private entities — was washed away.

It took only about 45 minutes for the floodwater to cause tremendous damage, Dashnaw said.

“Just the bridge is going to be about $200,000 (to replace).”

She does not have flood insurance on her home or the campground, she said.


Flooding is nothing new for Ron Benware, whose property on Lower Park Street in Malone was under water just a few months after a 4,000-foot ice jam raised the Salmon River.

“I just got it all cleaned up,” he said of his backyard, which on Wednesday was mostly covered with several inches of water.

At about 3 a.m., in his pajamas, he had to wade through the yard to rescue his dog, whose igloo-shaped doghouse had flooded. He also saved his lawn tractor, which he’d just used to mow the backyard.

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