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June 12, 2013

Flooding reported in Clinton and Essex counties

PLATTSBURGH — Tuesday’s heavy rain throughout the afternoon and evening resulted in flooding in areas of Clinton and Franklin counties.

The National Weather service issued a flood warning for central Clinton County and extreme eastern Franklin County about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday night.

Conditions resulted in the following road closures: Ayers Road, California Road and Studley Hill Road in Duane; Beaver Meadow Road and Tarbell Road in Hogansburg; Cotter Road in Bombay; Bowen Road, True Brook Road, Square Dashnaw Road and River Road in Saranac; and the Constable-Burke Town Line Road. 

In addition, there was water over the road on County routes 25 and 41 in Malone; County routes 8 and 53 in Bangor; County Route 26 in Duane and the Town of Franklin; and the Standish Road in Saranac.

A special statement by the National Weather Service read in part: “Recent heavy rainfall of one to three inches is causing rapid rises on small streams and brooks ... leading to low land field flooding and significant ponding on area roadways.”

“The fire departments and highway departments are watching the situation,” Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day said Tuesday night.

There were reports in Saranac that a bridge had washed out in a campground on the Square Dashnaw Road. There were people camped there but, according to officials, they had refused evacuation. There were no injuries, and the area was still accessible by a dirt road.

Day advised North Country residents not to drive through standing water.

“After several days of rain, you don’t know the condition of the roadway. So if you come across flooding, turn around and go back.

“That’s where we’re at. We’re hoping the rain gives way for some sun.”

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