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Aerial view of flooding in Fort Covington. Photo: Ricky Provost, Franklin County EMS
Aerial view of flooding in Fort Covington. Photo: Ricky Provost, Franklin County EMS

Franklin County declares flood emergency

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UPDATE 4 PM:
Franklin County Emergency Services says water from the Salmon River is subsiding, and flooding is becoming less of an issue, but the County remains in a state of emergency. County EMS Communications Specialist Sandra Dunn says seven roads are closed this afternoon, down from 30 closures late Wednesday.

Dunn says EMS Director Ricky Provost and local officials are assessing damages from the high water. They are concerned about the additional rain today because the ground is already so saturated, especially in highly affected areas like Fort Covington. Provost plans to meet with County legislators late today.
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Franklin County has declared a state of emergency because of flooding along the Salmon River. Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost says many roads are either closed or partially closed throughout the County. He says Malone and Fort Covington are getting the worst flooding.

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Last night, Provost told NCPR, "We started getting calls for water over roads and water impacting the roads. At the high point, I think we had 30 or 31 roads affected. I think we've got back down into the teens today."

C.R. 43, Fort Covington, vicinity of Lewis Marina. Photo: Ricky Provost, Franklin County EMS
C.R. 43, Fort Covington, vicinity of Lewis Marina. Photo: Ricky Provost, Franklin County EMS
Provost says no one has been injured in the flooding. In a press release, the County EMS says two adults and two dogs were rescued from their homes along the River, and are being assisted by the Red Cross.

Provost says the Salmon is overflowing because of all the rain this month. He says Fort Covington is getting the brunt of the floods because it's the lowest part of the County.

Flooding at Canadian customs, Fort Covington. Photo: Ricky Provost, Franklin County EMS
Flooding at Canadian customs, Fort Covington. Photo: Ricky Provost, Franklin County EMS
"Probably 20 or 25 homes are effected, that doesn't mean 20 or 25 families are evacuated, that just means we don't have normal access to those people. Some of them are high and dry, we just can't get to them."

Provost expects water levels to continue to rise in some areas Thursday morning, as high waters make their way downstream.

The Plattsburgh Press Republican reports that there has also been significant flooding in the town of Saranac in Clinton County.

According to a Franklin County EMS pres release, at 7 last (Wednesday) night, the following roadways within Franklin County were deemed impassable:

  • Studley Hill Rd – Malone/Duane
  • California Rd – Malone/Duane
  • Ayres Rd – Malone/Duane
  • Spaulding Rd (From Laflesh to Baker) – Bangor
  • Walkerville Rd (@ #166) – Bangor
  • Webster St Rd – Malone @ Fish & Game Club, can access from Co. Rt. 41 all residences
  • Dundee Rd (Nys970t) Fort Covington – Southbound lane closed
  • Cotter Rd – Bombay
  • Cold Springs Rd – Bombay (New Rd to Townline Rd) – Closed
  • Everton Rd - Waverly

The following roadways were partially covered with water and travel was hazardous:

  • County Route 16 – Bangor
  • County Route 8 – Bangor
  • County Route 41 – Malone
  • County Route 26 – Duane & Franklin
  • County Route 14 – Dickinson
  • Tarbell Rd – Hogansburg
  • Beaver Meadow Rd – Hogansburg
  • County Route 25 – Malone
  • County Route 53 – Bangor
  • County Route 43 – Fort Covington

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