'Significant Flooding' Expected Along Black River


The National Weather Service now says the Black River in Watertown is expected to crest around 13 feet Wednesday evening.

This could cause even more flooding problems for the Carthage and Watertown areas.

A flood warning for the Black River remains in effect until further notice. There's also a flood watch in effect for other north country waterways.

As of late Tuesday morning, the river was at 11.5 feet and rising. Flood stage is 10 feet, which the river exceeded early Monday morning.

The weather service says at 12 feet, we can expect "significant flooding" in the Carthage area, along with Huntington Street and other riverside areas in Watertown. The high waters could also mean many Lewis County roads could be closed.

The photo above shows West Main Street in West Carthage. Below are more photos around Carthage and West Carthage.

In perspective, if the Black River reaches its projected height of 13 feet in Watertown, it'll be one of the highest levels for the river in history, according to the National Weather Service.

The highest was during the ice storm of 1998, when the river hit 16 feet. It was at 14.2 feet in 1993, 13.1 feet in 1985, 13 feet in 1984, 12.8 feet in 1977, and 12.7 feet in 2011.

The weather service is also warning of flooding of the Black River in Boonville.

There, the water was at 9.3 feet and rising early Tuesday. Flood stage is 10 feet. The river is expected to crest at 10.2 feet late Tuesday night.

At flood stage, the NWS says there could be "significant roadway flooding" and "widespread farmland flooding" in low-lying areas.












Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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