SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department says volunteers are needed to help fill sandbags that are being placed in flooded areas around Lake Flower and along the Saranac River.
Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to report to the incident command center at the village firehouse.
"All help is appreciated," the department said in a press release this morning.
Meanwhile, the department is asking people to be cautious near local waterways, not to drive across flooded roads and to avoid any boating or hiking this weekend.
"The rate of flow of our local waterways and the possibility of dangerous trees and mud slides are extremely high," the release states.
Residents using generators and pumps to empty water from their basements were advised not to use these devices in confined spaces, due to risk of carbon monoxide poisioning.
The fire department said the American Red Cross continues to provide meals and shelter at the First United Methodist Church on Church Street for anyone displaced by the flooding. The Red Cross may also make home clean-up kits available to affected homes. Requests should be made to the fire department.
The department reminded the public to report emergencies by calling 911. The department's non-emergency phone number is 518-891-2333.