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Flood damaged Tupper Lake wastewater treatment plant

May 18, 2011
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer (jcollier@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - Village officials are still dealing with the aftermath of flooding that inundated homes and roads in the area.

At Monday night's village board meeting, village Water and Sewer Superintendent Mark Robillard reported to the board about damage to the village's wastewater facility on Water Street.

About 2 feet of water got into the main garage Robillard's employees work out of. The electric heat system was flooded, and about 2 or 3 feet of drywall got wet.

Article Photos

The Tupper Lake village wastewater treatment plant is surrounded by water on May 1, the high point of Tupper Lake’s flooding, as seen from a helicopter.
(Photo courtesy of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department)

Robillard said the village electric crew will likely have to take care of the heating system, but he plans to have his workers replace the drywall.

He didn't have an estimate for how much the repairs would cost.

The important thing, Robillard said, is that his staff managed to keep a pump room at the plant dry.

"If that would've went under, that wouldn't have been good," Robillard said.

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Fundraiser

Village Mayor Mickey Desmarais reminded everyone at the meeting that village Code Enforcement Officer Pete Edwards plans to answer people's questions at a fundraiser for flood victims running from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Big Tupper Ski Area.

The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving Their Economy are teaming up to hold the fundraiser, which will also double as an information session for people trying to deal with flood damage to their homes and businesses.

In addition to representatives from insurance companies and other government entities, Desmarais said there will likely be kits from the Red Cross available at the fundraiser to help victims of flooding clean dangerous mold out of their homes.

Trustee Chip Perham said the village needs to keep on top of flooding issues, getting information out to people as much as possible.

"We have to be publicly out there to try and help these people, these flood victims," Perham said.

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Thanks for help

Village board members also took time at the meeting to thank all the people who helped out during the flooding:

-various village departments

-various town departments

-the Tupper Lake Volunteer Ambulance and Emergency Squad

-state police

-state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers

-Franklin County Emergency Services personnel

-village and town Emergency Manager Carl Steffen

-state fire personnel

-Red Cross workers

-mutual aid assistance from various volunteer fire departments across the North Country.

 
 

 

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