More rain, flooding possible

Rain, and later snow, are expected today in some parts of the North Country, according to the National Weather Service, and that continues worries over flooding.

“That could tip us over in a couple spots,” Ricky Provost, Franklin County’s emergency services director, said of the rain.

There are currently 15 roads flooded out in his county. Three families have been evacuated from their homes near North Country Community College in Malone, according to Provost.

“We’ve got flooding in the northern end of the county, the Malone area at the Salmon River corridor,” he said.

Essex County

There was also some flooding in Essex County, with road closures in the towns of North Elba and Elizabethtown.

Larry Straight, North Elba’s highway superintendent, said River Road on the edge of Lake Placid was the only road closed in his town this morning. It was shut down at 11 o’clock Monday night. This morning, a big section of the road was covered in overflow from the West Branch of the Au Sable River.

A handful of roads were closed in Elizabethtown at around 7:30 p.m. last night, including Kingdom Dam Lane, Otis Lane, Gilligan Lane and Scriver Lane.

Don Jaquish, director of the Essex County emergency services, said the East Branch of the AuSable River could flood today.

“The river is 2 inches (from) going over its banks in AuSable Forks,” Jaquish said. “So it probably will later tonight.”

The hamlet of AuSable Forks, where the river’s east and west branches merge, is considered most prone to flooding today.

Water rescue

Last night there was a water rescue with one save made by the Franklin County Technical Rescue Team, Malone fire department and other agencies. There were two air boats on scene.

Provost said three people were on a flat-bottom boat scouting out fishing spots when they rolled over near the Studley Hill area.

“Two were able to self-evacuate,” Provost said. “One couldn’t get out. He was hanging onto a tree.”

Other roads wet

Provost said there is also some water on county routes 18 (Forest Home Road outside Saranac Lake) and 26 (from Duane through Loon Lake to state Route 3). Craig Donaldson, the town of Harrietstown’s superintendent of highways, said Forest Home Road is wet but passable for cars this morning.

Some town roads were washed out too, Provost said.

All clear in Keene

Keene town Supervisor Bill Ferebee said Keene and Keene Valley appeared free from flooding this morning.

“I haven’t heard from my highway superintendent, so that’s usually a good thing,” Ferebee said.

Ferebee was out inspecting roads Monday night and was at his office in Keene this morning, saying one of his board members drove through Keene Valley and the roads also appeared clear there.

“Right now everything looks good,” Ferebee said.