North Country flooding worst in Fort Covington, Saranac (update)

ALBANY (AP) – A run of rainy weather sent rivers and streams over their banks Thursday in parts of northern New York, leading to evacuations and road closures, officials said.

Franklin County Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost said about 30 roads were closed Wednesday during the height of the flooding. The number of roads still closed was in the single digits Thursday morning, he said.

The most severe flooding was reported in Fort Covington, on the Canadian border. Emergency crews evacuated three families from their homes, while others remained on their property because local roads were inundated, Provost said.

“The houses were high and dry, but they couldn’t traverse the roads because of the water was across the roads,” Provost said.

The water was receding Thursday and officials hoped to get all residents back home later in the day as roads reopened, he said.

Five roads were closed in neighboring Clinton County, where the worst damage was in the town of Saranac, according to county Emergency Services Assistant Director Kelly Donoghue. Flooding from the Saranac River caused the main road leading to a campground to collapse, trapping a number of people, he said.

Some campers evacuated via another route while others chose to stay put, Donoghue said. The area along the Franklin-Clinton county line received up to 4 to 5 inches of rain this week, he said.


Meanwhile, heavy rains are bringing minor flooding to some rivers and streams around the Hudson Valley.

The National Weather Service in Albany said there was minor flooding today along the Hudson River in Troy and along the Mohawk River in Schoharie County. The high water on the Hudson forced crews to temporarily suspend dredging the upper river of PCBs as part of a multi-year Superfund project.

More than a 1,000 customers were without electricity in the Hudson Valley.

More than an inch of rain fell over parts of eastern New York Thursday. The weather service says Richmondville in Schoharie County received 2.81 inches of rain. West Shokan in Ulster County had 2.85 inches. Rivers and streams were cresting this morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of upstate New York, saying the region was in for two days of rain starting Thursday. The watch is in effect for areas across the state at or below the east-west line of the Thruway.

The forecast calls for 1 to 4 inches of rain in the eastern part of the state, with the most in the southeast Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley.

The area in and around the Catskills that comprises New York City’s watershed had already received roughly 1 to 6 inches of rain from two previous recent storms, and the city’s upstate reservoirs were spilling over Thursday. The city’s Department of Environmental Protection has been moving water out of reservoirs since June 4 in expectation of heavy rains.

Local officials said Thursday that rain totals were forecasts to be less than initially feared, and the chance of heavy flooding along creeks was diminishing.