Flooding no longer a concern in Franklin, Essex counties

Three roads are still closed from recent flooding in northern Franklin County, but things are looking better.

At the peak of the last week’s flooding, 26 roads were closed in Franklin County.

Franklin County Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost said Bryant Siding Road in Belmont is still down to one lane and Webster St. Road and Studley Hill Road, both in Malone, are closed due to damages incurred by flooding. Provost said Studley Hill Road should be open by the end of the day.

Things in the southern end of the county are holding steady, Provost said. Town of Tupper Lake Deputy Highway Superintendent Derek Foote confirmed that things on his end are fine, and said water levels in the Municipal Park and on Raquette River Drive have receded.

Provost said a state team is visiting the county Wednesday to determine if the county is eligible for an emergency declaration, which could open the door to federal disaster funding.

“It’s basically an assessment of damages to see if there’s any kind of funding we can get down the road,” Provost said.

In order for Franklin County to be eligible, it must have damages in excess of $176,000, a number Provost said the county has easily met. The catch is, in order to receive federal funding, New York state must have accumulated at least $25 million worth of damages from the recent flooding.

“I don’t know if we’re going to have anywhere near that amount across the state,” Provost said. “They had quite a lot of flooding in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence (counties), so when those numbers start rolling in we’ll see where we’re at.”

Even with rain in the forecast, Provost said he doesn’t expect any more flooding in the area. He warned people to avoid driving through standing water and cautioned everyone to be safe when boating.

Officials in Essex County said flooding is no longer a concern there.

Contact Shaun Kittle at 891-2600 ext. 25 or skittle@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.