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SL begins assessing flood damage, braces for more rain

"From our perspective, it's not over by a long shot, and looking at the weather forecast, we certainly have some concerns," he said. "The levels of the lake and the river are going to be unstable; people should expect them to rise and drop."

Lake Flower, in the heart of the village, dropped by nearly 9 inches over the weekend, with water running about 24 inches over the dam's spillway - that's down from nearly 40 inches late last week.

Shortly before noon Monday, a crack of space appeared between the lake and the Main Street bridge above the dam. Sweeney notes that the bridge and the dam have never been under the sort of stress they've seen over the course of the last several days.

The prolonged exposure to such stress can have a serious impact though, Sweeney says. The village won't know what sort of damage has occurred until the water recedes significantly and engineering crews can take a closer look.

So far, flooding has caused nearly $10 million in damage across Franklin County and Sweeney says they have some serious concerns in the village.

"Things that we advised them of include some walls, obviously the whole River Walk, the peninsula, the bridges, the sewer plant - those are in the top five, if you will.

Those numbers don't include damage to private property, but state officials toured the village Monday afternoon and Sweeney is hopeful that some form of federal aid could become available as well.

North Country Congressman Bill Owens has been in constant contact with village and town officials and says he'll do whatever he can to provide additional support.

"We're trying to stay in touch while the evaluation of exactly how much damage has gone on is accomplished," he said.. "We also, obviously, are looking to see which counties, towns, and village have declared states of emergency and then we will help them with any requests they make to the federal government arising out of those declarations."

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