Black River receding after setting another record

Black River receding after setting another record
Flooding at Zecher Road in the town of Denmark (Source: Marky Diaz)

TOWN OF DENMARK, N.Y. (WWNY) - After cresting a foot above flood stage, the Black River is receding.

On Sunday, the river crested at 11 feet 2 inches. Flood stage is 10 feet.

On Monday, the river sat right around 10 feet and levels continue to decrease.

According to the Black River Regulating District, the amount of water moving through the Black River Monday is the most for any November 4 in 98 years. That daily record was also set on Sunday.

Just outside West Carthage, down South Main Street, our crew couldn't go too far due to the water.

Marky Diaz sent us video from Zecher Road in the town of Denmark, where water is so deep you can barely see the top of a fence. That area sits low, right along the Black, and is prone to flooding like this, just not typically in November.

In Dexter, we noticed Sunday the water was just about to touch the bottom of the new $3 million bridge, just built to take people to the Fish Island.

The bridge is new because the old one was condemned in 2016. It's currently closed because it's not ready for the public, not because of the high water.

When asked if the bridge was built high enough, Mayor James Eves said he’s not worried about it; it was engineered to be better and reinforced to handle extreme amounts of pressure when the Black River is raging.

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