State Of Emergency Declared In Lewis County
Lewis County officials have declared a state of emergency because of flooding.
More than a dozen roads are closed and another two are open but there's water over them.
Near the Black River, it's creating a mess.
"Every one's different. I guess the hardest part is not knowing what you're going to get," said Nathan Yousey of Castorland.
"This is pretty bad, though I've seen worse," said Mary Pierce of Castorland.
Yousey owns a farm in Castorland that's currently under water.
That's why he decided to move 60 of his cows to another barn when the water moved in
"It gets to be a point where you can't keep up enough and then what do you do? So that's what I was concerned would happen. We made some phone calls and found somebody that was willing to allow me to do this," said Yousey.
Yousey lives on Ridge Road in Castorland.
About a mile down, the water level is about three feet high and it's only expected to go higher.
"Boonville has not crested yet and now they're saying it looks like around midnight. So it will be during the darkest hours of the evening that we're going to see the high waters starting to come through," said Lewis County Manager Liz Swearingin.
"You actually get sick from the worrying and trying to figure out what to do," said Yousey.
Yousey will likely have to dump some milk, but right now that's the least of his problems.
His top priority is keeping his cows comfortable as the Black River rises.
Meanwhile, we did find someone who seems to enjoy the flooding.
We happened upon what appears to be a beaver swimming in the swollen Black River near Route 812.