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No damage estimates for Tupper Lake yet

May 6, 2011
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - Assessors haven't yet come up with a price estimate for flood damage here.

"I guess it takes time for them to crunch the numbers and get everything filled out," town and village Emergency Manager Carl Steffen said Friday afternoon.

Ricky Provost, Franklin County's emergency preparedness director, said he hopes to have some numbers by Monday. Assessors have been surveying the damaging since Thursday.

On Friday, Steffen said water levels had receded by about 2 inches in all the flooded areas. He said it's going down slowly, but "any progress is good."

Despite the lowering water, officials couldn't open any sections of closed roads Friday, Steffen said. Demars Boulevard from Pleasant to Santa Clara avenues and parts of Raquette River Drive, Water Street and River Road all remained shut off to traffic.

Emergency officials issued several notices in recent days to keep residents informed.

They said floating debris of significant value, like boats and docks, will be towed by boat crews and secured. Village police plan to file an incident report and number for each of the items. Residents who want to claim an item should contact the police department to identify and sign for it.

Additionally, officials warned that village electric customers who had their meters removed due to flooding need to have their home or business inspected by the village or town code enforcement officer, and then by an independent electrical inspector if the officer deems it necessary.

Officials said electric customers may be required to replace their distribution panels and associated equipment.

There will be follow-up inspections by code enforcement officers and the independent electrical inspector.

Officials are recommending that all affected businesses and residents contact their insurance companies for guidance.


Contact Jessica Collier at 518-891-2600 ext. 25 or



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