Flood Waters Damage St. Lawrence County Roads


Thursday's downpours flooded numerous St. Lawrence County highways - resulting in road closures and damage.

"We had over 60 events of flooding and 30 roads were closed at one time," said county Emergency Services Director Marty Hassett.

A section of Wilkinson Road in Potsdam remained closed Friday as floodwaters continue to pass over the highway.

The heavy rains not only flooded cellars but undermined a culvert on Potter Road in Canton.

A portion of the road collapsed.

"The beaver dam was breached and all the debris from the old dam came down and flooded a pond area near the Potter Road, plugging up our culvert system that's underneath that road," said Terry Billings, Canton Highway Superintendent.                
There had been some concern over an anticipated surge of water that is expected to flow out of the mountains as run-off, but local officials now feel there is no immediate danger of more flooding.
Emergency officials are also warning homeowners not to attempt to restart furnaces that may have been flooded with water without contacting a professional.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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