TUPPER LAKE - State police are monitoring a curve of the rain-swollen Raquette River as it encroaches on state Route 3 east of Tupper Lake. If the river rises much more, they may have to close the highway, cutting off the community to points east.
Meanwhile, village police closed Demars Boulevard in both directions between Santa Clara and Pleasant avenues after water overtook that portion of state Route 3 this morning. Sgt. Eric Proulx said traffic is being detoured using Pleasant, McLaughlin and Santa Clara avenues. State Department of Transportation workers are on site with flagmen and electronic signs. The road was previously closed in just one direction but now is closed in both.
Village officials have said they are thinking about declaring a state of emergency and opening up an emergency shelter, which would be needed if homes are evacuated on the flooded River Road.
Demars Boulevard is flooded Thursday afternoon. The road is closed from Santa Clara Avenue to Pleasant Avenue.
(Enterprise photo — Brittany Proulx)
Meanwhile in Long Lake, state Route 30 was closed from the Adirondack Hotel to the bridge over the lake, after students from Long Lake's school are sent home. Endion and Steamboat roads are also closed to vehicular traffic, due to high water.
The towns of Long Lake, Indian Lake and Johnsburg have declared states of emergency. Both of the dams in Indian Lake are being monitored.