Officials warn motorists of continued flooding in St. Lawrence County; more roads closed
Monday, August 23, 2010 - 11:19 am

Officials are warning motorists that highway flooding around St. Lawrence County may not immediately go away, even though the heavy rains that have soaked the Rt. 47 floodingarea since Sunday have stopped.

"Water levels may not crest and begin to recede for several hours after precipitation has ceased," said a statement from St. Lawrence County Undersheriff Scott F. Bonno.

"Motorists are reminded that it is impossible to determine the depth of or the swiftness of water that is on the highways and should utilize good judgment and extreme caution before ever trying to proceed on a water-covered roadway."

County Highway Superintendent William Dashnaw said County Route 47 between state highways 11 and 11B is closed due to flooding. In Stockholm, Highway Superintendent Jeff Russell has restricted travel on the Nichols, Scott and Elliott roads to local traffic only.

The Austin Ridge Road outside Norwood was also closed this morning due to flooded conditions.

In a prepared statement from Sheriff Kevin M. Wells and county Office of Emergency Services Director Martin J. Hassett, officials said reports "are coming in from across the county reporting water on county and town roads in other townships."

"Roads may flood before county and town highway crews are aware or can place barriers and warning signs," the statement said. "Please use extreme care in traveling the roadways of the county and the North Country during this time of heavy rains and flooding. Monitor your media outlets for further warnings or updates."

Meanwhile, a flood advisory for St. Lawrence Country issued by the National Weather Service expired at 11 a.m. today.