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Saranac River continues to rage

Saranac Lake Village Police Chief Bruce Nason says officers are urging residents of Dorsey Street to evacuate their homes. Brendan Keough, chief of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department, says nearly 60 members of the department are on-call, while fire and rescue departments from surrounding communities are providing assistance.

Provost says the dam itself is not experiencing any structural issues, although there are some concerns about the Main Street bridge. Additionally, the village was forced to shut-off one of its floodgates below the dam due to erosion.

Speaking early Wednesday evening, Kevin Pratt from the village's Wastewater Treatment Plant explained the situation at the dam.

"Right now, we're exceeding 24 inches over the spillway and we've got one of our floodgates open all the way," he said. "We have flooding upstream, the water is hitting the bridge and we can't stop that. We're starting to impact people downstream. We've sandbagged down at Munn's on Woodruff Street, we've sandbagged behind the town hall and Rice Furniture, and upstream near Gauthier's motel to try and help those people."

The Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at the Methodist Church in Saranac Lake for anyone forced to leave their homes.

Further downstream, some homes are reportedly surrounded by water. Fred Parker, who lives near Sumner Brook in Bloomingdale, says his garage is flooding. He's been reporting water levels to the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department and notes that the river raised by about three inches over night.

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