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Owens views Saranac Lake flood damage

Areas along Lake Flower and the Saranac River have seen significant damage due to erosion, Sweeney adds.

Flood debris at the Lake Flower Dam may have damaged village floodgates, and erosion has caused significant damage to retaining walls above and below the dam.

Elsewhere, infrastructure at the Waste Water Treatment Plant incurred substantial damage, and the River Walk needs major work as well.

Andrew Feeney of the state's Emergency Management Office has been in touch with Owens and with officials from FEMA. Owens says he's not sure when a disaster declaration will be handed down.

"Feeney expected to be going to Governor Andrew Cuomo with a recommendation by the end of this week," he said. "And if that happens, that's the initial step in moving it forward to the federal government. It's hard for me to believe given what we've seen here that we're not going to get both the state and the federal declaration. It's still going to take a while. I think it's going to take a couple of months before you start to see money flowing."

In all, damages to public property in Franklin County are estimated at over $12 million. Essex County is seeing similar numbers, and Owens says when it's all said and done, the region will have no problem reaching the $25 million plateau needed to receive federal disaster aid.

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