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Flood warnings remain as most rivers begin to fall

After several days of high flood waters across the region, most rivers appear to be cresting or beginning to recede, thanks to dry weather and unseasonably cold weather that slowed the spring snow melt.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency yesterday for much of the North Country due to flooding concerns. The declaration affects Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. He said state officials are also keeping a close eye on flooding along the upper Hudson and along the Mohawk River.

Cuomo acknowledged that floodwaters are receding already in most areas, but said that emergency declaration would free up state officials to aid local response efforts.
Flood warnings remain in effect for much of our listening area, including the Black River valley around Watertown. It's expected to crest later today there at more than four feet above flood stage.

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The Racquette River is expected to remain below flood stage, even as it crests tomorrow at Piercefield. It's falling now at South Colton, but is expected to rise again slightly there tomorrow as well.

The West branch of the St. Regis is down sharply in Parishville.

Major flooding is reported along the Schroon River in Warren County, which is now more than three feet above flood stage.

Also, Lake Champlain is currently right at flood stage, according to the water level gauge at Rouses Point. The National Weather Service is reporting that minor flooding is possible along the lake shore.

The spring melt has closed roads and caused minor property damage across much of the North Country. There have been no reports of serious damage or injury.

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