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Water rises, leading to some temporary road closures

A large volume of water gushes through the Flume waterfall on the West Branch of the AuSable River in Wilmington on Easter Sunday morning. The Flume is a popular swimming hole, but several people have drowned there when they jumped in when water levels were high. (Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Several roads in Essex County were temporarily closed due to flooding this weekend.

On Saturday, the county Emergency Services department announced the following road closures due to flooding:

¯ River Road in the town of North Elba

¯ Hulls Falls Road in the town of Keene

¯ Holt Road in the town of Keene

The Saranac River is right at the level of a private bridge south of Bloomingdale Easter Sunday morning. Spring is flood season in northern New York, and rain and snowmelt have made river levels high. (Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

¯ County Route 8 in Elizabethtown, from Route 9 to Brainards Forge Road

¯ Clark Lane in the town of Jay, although this closure was called off almost immediately.

¯ Merriam Forge Road in the town of Westport

¯ Decker Road in the town of Westport.

Each of these closures was lifted either later Saturday or Sunday, except the one in Elizabethtown.

Additionally, the National Weather Service on Sunday issued a flood warning for the Lake Champlain shorelines in New York and Vermont. The lake’s flood stage is 100 feet above sea level. On Sunday morning, water levels floated around 99.98 feet at Rouses Point and 99.99 feet at Port Henry in Essex County, according to the National Weather Service.

River and lake levels have risen due to snowmelt and rain over the past week. More rain is expected later this week.

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