By CRAIG FREILICH
Sections of a couple of St. Lawrence County roads are closed until floodwaters recede as spring snowmelt and recent rains find their way to low-lying areas.
Some fire departments, including Brasher-Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department, have been pumping out some flooded basements.
St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells reports, and county Highway Superintendent Don Chambers confirms, that County Rt. 3 from New Connecticut Road to County Rt. 10 in Rossie, in the extreme southwest of the county, has been closed, as has a half-mile section of County Rt. 7 near County Rt. 10 in Macomb.
Superintendent of Dispatch Operations Jim Chestnut notes they have received reports of some flooding of town roads in Brasher and Mill Street in Raymondville.
The National Weather Service is warning of the continued possibility of flooding.
Chambers says his crews “have to wait until the water recedes” before they can check culverts for blockage and send in an excavator to unplug them, if necessary.
He said crews have been clearing culverts this spring in traditionally difficult areas. He said they used hot water pumped into the culvert to clear ice and snow.