Some Residents Evacuated From NY River Flooding

Published 04/15 2014 05:20PM

Updated 04/15 2014 11:51PM

MALONE, N.Y. - Rivers across northern New York are still rising Tuesday night after days of snow melt and now steady rains.

The water surrounded homes in Malone, where some even evacuated after calling this the worst flooding in decades.

Malone Resident Jeremiah Dumont bought his house along the Salmon River looking for relaxation. 

"I just purchased this on December 20, I closed, and you know I moved here from Los Angeles. I've always wanted a house on the river,"  Dumont said. 

On Tuesday, the river, normally peaceful, became raging rapids.

"Yesterday I woke up and it was pretty low, and boom, woke up today. It's just out of control as far as I'm concerned," Malone Resident Louis Rollier said.

"We went out and got as many sump pumps as we could, we bagged up the sides of the house the best we could," Dumont said.

Residents say this is the highest the water's been in some 20 years, rising some six to eight feet in just a few hours time. And now the water is racing right along house and decks.

With the water rising, officials urged Lafayette Street residents to seek higher ground.

"Village police came by last night at 1:30 and took info for everyone and took a head count on the street and they told us if we were to leave that we had to call 911," Chad Milliser, Malone Resident, said. 

Another call to leave came around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.  

Only a couple homeowners evacuated.

A few streets over, Jeff Rosenfield came home early to assess the flooding and clear nearby storm drains. He agreed flooding this bad is unusual.

"It's not that often, like 20 years ago it was up here in the side yard," Rosenfield said.

Dozens of Franklin County streets were closed by flooding, including Rosenfield's. At least four culverts were also washed out, according to emergency managers.

Farther east, the Great Chazy burst its banks, threatening roads and homes from Champlain to Moores Forks.

One homeowner, who lost part of his deck in past floods and doesn't have flood insurance, anxiously watches the water climb.

"I've seen it as high as maybe 16 feet. In the center, it caves in the center 16 feet high. It's just amazing," Leeward Frenyea, Moores Forks Resident, said. 

Several streets remain closed in Franklin County right now. Just to name a few in Malone -  Willow Street, College Avenue, and Park Street. Bradley Pond Road in Ellenburg is also closed

Rivers will slowly fall Wednesday morning.

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