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Flooded homeowners reminded not to drink well water

May 2, 2011
By staff ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

BLOOMINGDALE - St. Armand Supervisor Joyce Morency wants to remind residents of her town who have been affected by flooding not to drink their well water unless it's been properly treated.

"The St. Armand town board wants to urge residents in the flood zone to take all necessary precautions regarding their private wells and their source of water," Morency said.

On Friday, the state Department of Health advised all residents who have wells in flooded areas, especially people who live downstream from the village of Saranac Lake's wastewater treatment plant, that their water may be unsafe to drink. The flooding from the Saranac River had breached the final clarifiers at the sewer plant, causing partially treated sewage to be released into the river.

But village Manager John Sweeney said this morning that the water level had dropped enough for the final clarifiers to resume operating Sunday morning.

"The sewer plant is back in compliance," Sweeney said.

The Health Department has offered assistance to people who may have been affected by flooding by testing wells after the flooding stops, Morency said.



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