Localized flooding expected in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE – Firefighters are going door to door this afternoon, notifying property owners along Lake Flower and the Saranac River about the potential for localized flooding.

The village also plans to make reverse 911 phone calls to residents whose properties could be affected, according to a post on Mayor Clyde Rabideau’s Facebook page.

“More water will be released from the locks upriver soon, and combined with the swollen tributaries, localized flooding is likely to occur,” Rabideau wrote. “The village cannot release anymore water over or under its dam as village buildings downriver are already being flooded (basements) or are about to be.”

Rabideau said sandbags will be available at the public works yard off of Van Buren Street.

Saranac Lake Fire Chief Brendan Keough told the Enterprise the village had asked for a couple of volunteer firefighters to go door to door, warning property owners about the potential for flooding and handing out flyers with contact information should they need assistance.

“We’re not anticipating flooding like we had a couple years ago (in the spring of 2011),” Keough said. “We’re just doing a little pre-planning. We had a meeting here today with state and county emergency officials. We’re just trying to stay ahead of the curve, and we’re gathering our resources just in case.”

Keough said there isn’t a need for the fire department to open an emergency operations center at this point. Another planning meeting will take place tomorrow, he said.

Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or cknight@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.