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State of emergency lifted in Tupper Lake; roads reopened

Officials from the town and village of Tupper Lake have lifted a declared state of emergency that has been in effect for nearly two weeks.

Town Supervisor Roger Amell and village Mayor Mickey Desmarais made the joint declaration following significant flooding of the Raquette River that closed down roads and streets throughout the Tupper Lake area.

Numerous homeowners and businesses were forced to evacuate their properties, and damage is estimated in the millions of dollars.

But as of noon Monday, officials say a "substantial reduction" of flood waters has occurred, and conditions no longer pose a threat to the safety of the village and the town.

Desmarais and Amell say people can now resume normal activities, but there may still be isolated cases of storm damage that could be unsafe.

Many previously closed roads are once again open to all forms of traffic. Still, officials urge motorists and pedestrians to continue using caution.

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