Officials Work To Repair Flood-Damaged Roads


St. Lawrence County officials are still compiling damage estimates blamed on the severe flooding from the Oswegatchie, Grasse and St. Regis Rivers from a rapid snow meltdown.

County Highway officials say the floodwaters washed away the shoulder and undermined a section of county Route 15 between Rensselaer Falls and Heuvelton.
The road remains closed to traffic but some motorists and Amish buggies are driving around the blocked roadway signage rather than detour around the site.

Rocks were used to cover the gaping hole from the washout which county highway officials say compromised the structural integrity of the highway.

"We have some more investigations that we need to do prior to opening that section of road up to traffic," said county Highway Superintendent Donald Chambers.

Meanwhile, water levels at Black Lake continue to remain high as property owners assess the damage caused by the flooding.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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