Flooding, road closures and some evacuations were reported in Essex and Franklin counties Tuesday, with more flooding potentially coming tonight on the AuSable River and its tributaries.
The National Weather Service in Burlington, Vt., issued a flood warning at 10:37 a.m. today and will extend it until 4 p.m. Wednesday. The flood warning area encompasses most of the Adirondack Park, including Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh, Ogdensburg and Utica.
Franklin County Emergency Services reports Moose Pond Road in Bloomingdale as being flooded.
The Saranac River level is be higher than normal Monday downstream about 3 miles from Saranac Lake.
(Photo - Dennis Kostic)
Algonquin, a Lab-husky-shepherd mix, chills in the front of his owner Dennis Kostic's canoe Monday afternoon on the Saranac River, which is at higher-than-normal levels.
(Photo - Dennis Kostic)
Essex County Emergency Services reports that Hulls Falls Road in Keene is flooded. River Road and Carolyn Road outside Lake Placid are also closed due to flooding. Carolyn Road was closed at 2:29 p.m., River Road around 11 p.m. Monday.
Clinton County Emergency Management reports Bowen and River Road in the town of Saranac, Bradley Pond Road in Dannemora and River Road in the village of Champlain as flooded.
These reports are as of this afternoon. As rain continues, road conditions are expected to change and may worsen.
The National Weather Service warns that motorists should not drive into areas where water covers the roadway, because it only takes a few inches of flowing water to carry an automobile and the road may be washed away beneath the surface in some instances.
In Saranac Lake this evening, Mayor Clyde Rabideau reported that the Saranac River's flow over the Lake Flower dam was 16 inches over the spillway. Floodgates are open at 54 inches. Rabideau wrote that floodgates will not be opened any more through the night.
Some residents evacuating in Keene
Keene town Supervisor Bill Ferebee said a few familes have been evacuated in Keene Valley. Two of those households were at his home this evening, eating dinner.
"They came right over to my house," Ferebee said. "We got pork chops some broccoli."
Ferebee is unsure if there will be flooding Wednesday, saying the water level had receded some.
Holt Road in Keene Valley is closed due to flooding, but Ferebee said main roadways are clear.
"We're doing well," he said. "Fortunately the water hasn't crossed any major roads yet."
Flooding possible in Jay
Chris Garrow, the town of Jay's highway superintendent, said there could be flooding there tonight, especially if the AuSable River crests at 8 to 9 feet above normal, which he's heard is possible.
"It's flowing," Garrow said. "I'm getting reports it's suppose to crest by midnight to 1 o'clock. If it does crest at that height, we are going to have several roads flooded."
Clark Lane in Jay was closed at 5:28 p.m. due to flooding.
Garrow said he is keeping an extra-close watch over Route 9N, Hazen Road, Styles Brook Road and Carey Road, which have been prone to flooding in the past. Route 9N runs alongside the AuSable as well as its East Branch.
"We'll be keeping an eye on all of them, though, county and state," Garrow said.