Rain delays Duprey Street project; Lake Flower water level increased

SARANAC LAKE – The recent rains have delayed the replacement of a sewer line on Duprey Street.

Village Manager John Sweeney wrote in an email that the infrastructure replacement will not be completed today, as the village had hoped, due to the rain.

J.E. Sheehan Construction has to install another 150 feet of sewer pipe. Sweeney said it should be completed, depending on the weather, by Thursday of next week.

Road reconstruction will begin immediately after the infrastructure is completed, with the road work done by June 27, Sweeney said.

Meanwhile, Sweeney said the village has started to raise the water level in Lake Flower. The level had been reduced because lake water was infiltrating the construction site.

“The current water level at (the) Lake Flower dam is 13.3 inches below spillway,” Sweeney wrote. “We anticipate a 5-inch increase by Monday, June 16, and will continue to slowly raise lake levels.”

The village has asked the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which controls the flow of water in the Saranac River, Oseetah and Kiwassa lakes, to hold water at its Lower Locks. Once the infrastructure replacement is done, the village will ask the DEC to release more water at the locks, Sweeney said.