Flood watch: State of emergency continues in SL, TL

Communities across the North Country continue to deal with flooding as high waters have forced area towns and villages to declare states of emergency.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a new weather advisory this week as more storms are expected to sweep across the region. An additional two inches of rain could fall in the next several days.

In Tupper Lake, some 40 homes are underwater and the Raquette River remained high Monday. Officials are detouring traffic away from Demars Boulevard, although state Route 3 is back to two lanes near the Crusher.

Rick Provost is emergency services coordinator for Franklin County.

"We evacuated 7 people last night with boats from high water areas," he said. "We're trying to get a handle on what the peak water height is going to be, we're not sure yet. We're working with DEC on that."

Town and village officials in Tupper Lake have declared a state of emergency due to the threat of adverse weather conditions and high water from the Raquette River. The state of emergency will remain in effect through midnight Monday, at which time conditions will be reevaluated.

Floodwaters continued to rise on Saturday and Sunday. James Augustine stood outside his home in Tupper Lake.

"The whole garage is above the top of your thigh, everything is ruined," he said. "It's going up the back steps, if it raises it will be in the house."

Residents of Tupper Lake are being asked to refrain from unnecessary travel on streets, roads and highways within the village and the town. An emergency shelter has been established at the Holy Ghost Parish Center. Anyone in need of assistance is urged to call 359-3341.

In Saranac Lake, the state of emergency for the village of Saranac Lake and the town of Harrietstown has been extended and officials are still monitoring the situation from the command center at the fire house.

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