The North Country Prepares for Potential Flooding

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The weather has been mild most of the week, allowing for snow melt to ice jams to occur across the region. With the heavy rain expected this weekend, some people are taking early precautions for any flooding.

“The threat is from now to late Saturday night into Sunday morning,” said Donald Jaquish. He is the director of Emergency Services for Essex County New York.

While spring flooding is typical for the New York’s North County, the magnitude of the event varies from year to year. Right now in Essex County, they’re not overly concerned.

“The problem is when ice moves, it jams up. That is when you get a real problem. Water level will rise very rapidly, within minutes it can rise several feet,” said Jaquish.

Officials don’t think we’re there yet, but they say now might be a good time to brush up on safety. Remembering this phrase, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”. It may save your life, because you should never cross any flooded roadway.

Eric Day the director of Emergency Services for Clinton County New York agrees.

“Standing water may appear to be non threatening, it might be a lot deeper than you think it is. There is a possibility the roadway is washed out underneath it and you can’t tell,” said Day.

Those who live near a river or in a flood prone neighborhood will know, evacuations are possible.

 “The Jersey area in the town of Jay here, in Au Sable Forks is quite vulnerable. a lot of houses were bought out by F-E-M-A. But there are still some homes vulnerable to flooding,” said Jaquish.

For the weekend ahead, the biggest concern maybe the flooded roads.

“Water can quickly move a car right off the side of the road,” said Day.

“We have a road closure website. Our dispatch center maintains that and keeps it up to date,”

With the threat continuing throughout the weekend for flooding, you can monitor river levels here.

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