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Northern Adirondack roads closed, homes evacuated

"There are many areas with barricades, traffic cones, caution tape, police tape, fire tape - we ask that people please do not cross that and go into those areas unless they get permission or authorization from emergency personnel," he said. "It's there for their safety. There are some areas that we've had to turn the power off to some apartment buildings. We're doing the best that we can and we'll continue to do that."

The village will continue to schedule releases at the dam to manage flooding as well as possible, according to village Clerk Kareen Tyler. She adds that members of the fire department will continue to perform welfare checks in areas affected by flooding.

Residents forced to evacuate due to flooding can receive assistance at the Methodist Church in Saranac Lake, where the Red Cross has set up shop.

Philip Welch of West Chazy has worked with the Red Cross since 2001. He's provided aid at the scene of five national disasters and helped locally at a number of minor disasters.

Welch is helping man the temporary shelter, located in the church's basement.

"We are a shelter right now, that's what we're doing - we're not doing anything as far as helping with flooding in homes," he said. "We'll have emergency clean-up kits coming in and comfort kits to help them out. What we'll do is offer them a safe place to stay, we'll have food for them, and cots - we're looking at being open here until Saturday morning at least."

Some roads in the village of Saranac Lake have been closed due to flooding, including Main Street over the Lake Flower dam and Dorsey Street.

Numerous roads in Jay, Keene, and Keene Valley remained closed as of late last night, although state Route 73 has been reopened.

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