“We’ve got to keep our eye on the prize, and that’s getting those people out of there,” he said.
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Flood waters have receded in Saranac Lake and Fort Covington, but some damaged roads remain closed in Franklin County.
The spillway over the Saranac Lake dam is normally 10 inches of water, but it reached a high of 19 inches at one point during the worst of the flooding last week, said County Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost.
"It's about at 15 inches this morning, so there's been 5 inches of relief," he said. "And the water's back to normal in Fort Covington. But we have roads out here and there."
Roads still closed Monday included Studley Hill Road, California Road and Ayres Road, which are in the towns of Malone and Duane, and Wolf Pond Road and Ragged Lake Road in the Town of Bellmont.