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The Saranac River is still below flood stage, but there's no margin for error. This photo was taken Thursday evening. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The Saranac River is still below flood stage, but there's no margin for error. This photo was taken Thursday evening. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Emergency alert lifted in Franklin County

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 15, 11:40 am:

Franklin County has lifted its state of emergency.

Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost says water levels are down throughout most of the County, and most roads are open. In an email Saturday morning he says, "Things are stable at this point and unless we get a bunch of rain it looks like we are out of the woods."
- Julie Grant

Friday, June 14:

The National Weather Service in Burlington says the Indian River and the BeaverRiver at the Stillwater Reservoir in the southern Adirondacks were near flood stage as of this morning (Friday).

Franklin County officials are also still operating under a state of emergency today as they watch river levels.

With more thundershowers and rain in the forecast today, Saranac Lake's Mayor Clyde Rabideau says some businesses along the Saranac River have seen mild flooding.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Rabideau says village crews will keep a close eye on water levels today and through the weekend.

"The visuals from the helicopter is indicating that all the tributaries going into the Saranac Chain of Lakes and the Saranac River are very, very swollen," he said.

Saranac Lake officials have issued automated phone and email warnings of the potential flooding hazard to homeowners and businesses along the Saranac River, and are offering sandbags.

"Our flood gates have been wide open, but we've had to ratchet those down a touch because the buildings downriver have been flooded in the last couple of days," Rabideau said.

"We're doing the best we can with the resources we've got."

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Franklin County Emergency Services says six roads remained impassable around the County at 5pm Thursday:

Studley Hill Rd - Malone/Duane

California Rd - Malone/Duane

Ayres Rd - Malone/Duane

Cotter Rd - Bombay

Wolf Pond Rd - Belmont

Ragged Lake Rd - Belmont

 

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