SL seeks flood damage info from businesses, property owners

The village of Saranac Lake wants those affected by flood damage to get in touch.

Homeowners, businesses and residents impacted by flooding are being encouraged to provide that information to village officials so they can assess damage to private property.

The damage to public property in Franklin County has been assessed at nearly $10 million so far. Village Manager John Sweeney says the damage in Saranac Lake alone is approximately $5 million, but officials won't know for sure until water levels recede significantly.

Sweeney says state and federal emergency personnel are in the area to assess the impact flooding has had on both public and private property.

"We want to provide them a list of property owners, residents, and business owners who have been impacted so they don't miss anyone during their assessment," he said.

The assessment will be used to determine what level of state and federal assistance will be available to the community. Sweeney says it's critical that officials grasp the extent of physical damage in order to gauge the financial impact of the flooding.

Sweeney also says residents and businesses should document damage and lost revenue with both pictures and financial statements.

The worse damage has occurred in areas around Lake Flower, including Lake Flower Avenue, Duprey Street, and Crossfield Avenue. Below the dam, affected areas are more or less limited to Main Street, Dorsey Street, Broadway, and Woodruff Street - although Sweeney stresses that all legitimate claims will be considered.

Anyone with damage to report should contact the village's Community Development Department at 891-4150 ext. 234 or via email at comdev@saranaclakeny.gov.

Additional information is available at www.saranaclakeny.gov.

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