SARANAC LAKE - The Adirondack Daily Enterprise is notifying its Tupper Lake readers that if state Route 3/30 is closed east of Tupper Lake, print copies of Saturday's issue will delivered late - but no later than necessary.
"We'll make sure that you get your newspaper as soon as possible," Publisher Catherine Moore said Friday evening.
Route 3/30 is currently open single-file, with a few inches of space between the water encroaching on each side of the highway. But state police have been warning that they will close the highway if the water completely covers it.
Thomas Barton rows a canoe Thursday to help his brother Dylan deliver that day's Enterprise on his carrier route on Water Street, Tupper Lake, where the boys also live.
(Photo — Lorna Barton)
That closure would cut the community off to points east and block a major east-west highway across the North Country. The shortest detour between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake would be through Potsdam, which would add roughly two hours to what is normally about a half-hour drive.
The Enterprise is printed in Saranac Lake. If delivery driver Neil Harvey is not able to make it through 3/30 early Saturday morning, he will keep trying later Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday.
Tupper Lakers will still be able to read the paper online at www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com.
Meanwhile, a pair of young newspaper carriers in Tupper Lake went to extraordinary lengths to deliver the Enterprise to a flooded house Thursday. Dylan Barton delivered the paper by canoe, with his brother Thomas rowing.
"Our street is underwater, and Dylan delivers one paper to the very last house on the street," mother Lorna Barton said Friday. "
And the only way he could do it is by canoe, because they blocked the street off."
And what street is that?
"Water Street, of course," she said.