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Turtle crossing near the flooded approach to the RT 22 bridge in Wadhams. Archive Irene flooding photo: Matt Foley
Turtle crossing near the flooded approach to the RT 22 bridge in Wadhams. Archive Irene flooding photo: Matt Foley

Update: Flash flood concerns ease, but high water remains a danger

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Update, 10:00 a.m. Saranac Lake and the state Department of Environmental Conservation have issued a press release about high river levels there (pdf.) The release has this to say:

"Flooding conditions in the vicinity of Saranac Lake continue to result in abnormally high water conditions in Lake Flower and the Saranac River. These abnormally high water conditions have caused some localized flooding of residences and businesses adjacent to the Saranac River in the Village of Saranac Lake and in some downstream locations."

Wednesday, 8 a.m.. The National Weather Service says there is a chance for more showers and thunderstorms today -- especially later this afternoon and into the evening.

Forecasters are warning that locally heavy rainfall is possible. With creeks and rivers already high and the soil saturated, the National Weather Service says there could be "isolated areas of flooding."

Actual flood watches and warnings have been canceled in most of the region. Still, water gauges show many rivers and lakes just below flood level this morning.

Lake Champlain at Whitehall, the Richilieu River at the north end of Lake Champlain, the Indian River at the Indian Lake dam are all just below flood stage.

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The Associated Press reports that Gov. Cuomo has ordered National Guard troops, miltary police and heavy equipment to help with flood clean-up in the Mohawk Valley. A toll-free flood helpline, 1-888-769-7243, has been opened to connect those in need of assistance with emergency aid and services. And state officials are urging boaters to exercise extreme caution as streams and rivers remain high and swift.

Tuesday 8 am: The National Weather Service in Burlington says a flash flood watch remains in effect for much of the North Country and all of Vermont.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout the day today with locally heavy rainfall especially in the eastern Adirondacks and the Champlain Valley.

The Weather Service says heavy rains during the last week saturated soils —and rivers and streams are already running "much above normal."

Officials say June was the wettest month on records in some parts of the region.  Massena reported 7.72 inches of rain last month.  That tops the 6.27 inch record last set in 1993.

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