SARANAC LAKE - The village of Saranac Lake and town of Harrietstown have announced procedures for the inspection and reoccupation of buildings damaged by flooding.
Buildings affected by flooding may not be reoccupied until a certificate of occupancy is issued by village Code Enforcement Officer Tom Worthington. The village, in a press release, said he will only issue an occupancy certificate when building systems that were potentially damaged by flooding - electrical, heating, plumbing and structural - have been inspected by a qualified professional and after the code enforcement office has completed a final inspection has been completed by the code enforcement officer.
The village said the types of inspections needed for each building will vary on a case-by-case basis and will be left to Worthington's discretion. If National Grid disconnected the electrical service, he will authorize National Grid to restore the service after a licensed electrician has evaluated the building's electrical system.
The village and town also caution property owners to look for potential fuel spills when pumping water from basements and property. If there is noticeable oil sheen or fuel oil smell, property owners are encouraged to stop work immediately and call the code enforcement officer. If there is no noticeable smell or visible, work can continue.
Village property owners can contact Worthington at 891-4150 ext. 233. Harrietstown property owners outside the village can contact Code Enforcement Officer Ed Randig at 891-0202 to discuss what inspections are necessary or to schedule a final inspection.