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County seeks federal help

"We are keeping track of everything and hopefully, we can get some help," Schroon Supervisor Cathy Moses said.

"We do have some damage in the area that is related to what is going on in the village of Saranac Lake," St. Armand Supervisor Joyce Morency said. "There has been a breach at our sewer plant that brought a declaration from the state Department of Health."

Currently, the county has authorized the use of up to $2.5 million from unappropriated fund balance to deal with repairs and reconstruction work, which it is hopeful to repay through federal funding. While several supervisors brought up areas where private property has been damaged, county Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish said that the infrastructure needed to be addressed first in order to obtain federal funding.

"It's hard to tell private homeowners that we can't do anything right now, but that is the way that it is at the moment," Jaquish said. "What each homeowner needs to do is take pictures and keep track of all the expenses and losses that they have."

Jaquish also gave county leaders places to look for further damages.

"Be sure to look at your parks and your beaches because they are all part of the public infrastructure," Jaquish said.

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