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No flooding concerns in Saranac Lake

August 29, 2011
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - The water level in Lake Flower rose significantly Sunday due to a day-long drenching of rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Irene, but it's still well below the flood levels seen this spring.

Kevin Pratt of the village Department of Public Works said this morning that the water level at the Lake Flower Dam climbed 8 inches on Sunday, from 2 inches over the dam's spillway to 10 inches.

"If we don't get any more significant rain, we'll be fine," Pratt said.

In late April, the lake level reached 38 inches over the spillway, causing extensive flooding and damage to public infrastructure and private properties above and below the dam.

"The situation this spring was with snowmelt and runoff from a lot of rain," Pratt said. "The ground's been really dry lately. We didn't see a change in the lake until Sunday afternoon when all the runoff finally hit. We're 10 inches over the spillway, and that's nothing significant."


Contact Chris Knight at 891-2600 ext. 24 or



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