National Weather Service renews flood warnings for Raquette River
Friday, April 29, 2011 - 2:29 pm

As of noon today, the National Weather Service has renewed its flood warnings for the Raquette River, saying levels are expected to rise today, and continue rising in some places Saturday.

Specific warnings have been released for South Colton, Piercefield, and Tupper Lake.The Norwood Fire Department's efforts Thursday night paid off somewhat during the flooding on River Street, Norwood. A group effort filled and placed a few hundred sandbags just in time to protect the house in the picture. Photo submitted by Tim Donahue,The Norwood Fire Department's efforts Thursday night paid off somewhat during the flooding on River Street, Norwood. A group effort filled and placed a few hundred sandbags just in time to protect the house in the picture. Photo submitted by Tim Donahue,

The Weather Service says that as 11:30 a.m. today, the Raquette at South Colton was at 11.2 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. They say that record flooding is occurring and record flooding is forecast. The river is forecast to rise to near 11.3 feet this afternoon then begin falling.

NWS says at its current level, the Raquette will flood homes and businesses in Colton and the Colton wastewater treatment plant.

The river at Piercefield was measured at 12.8 feet, and the Weather Service expects it to rise some more today and Saturday. Flood stage is 12.5 feet.

They say that at this level, Route 3 will flood in Tupper Lake village and east of there between Dugal Road and the intersection of Routes 3 and 30.

The Weather Service is repeating its warnings about swift currents and cold temperatures, advising people to stay out of the water and away from low-lying areas.