State Rt. 11C near Winthrop closed due to concern about bridge over St. Regis
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 9:13 am

Photo by Don Straight, Brasher Falls.

Add State Rt. 11C to the list of state road closures in St. Lawrence County.

Rt. 11C, which runs from Stockholm Center to Brasher Falls, crosses the West Branch of the St. Regis River near Skinnerville, south of Winthrop. The main concern, according to DOT Region 7 spokeswoman Terri Davis, is with the "high water level and its velocity" at the bridge.

Davis said a bridge inspection team has been sent to inform the department on the situation.

Other state roads shut due to flooding in St. Lawrence County are Rt. 58 at Rt. 184 near Pope Mills, near where flooding of Black Lake has inundated several houses near its shore; and Rt. 420 near the Rt. 11C and the St. Regis River.

Those roads will remain closed until further notice.

County Rt. 53 in Brasher, also near the St. Regis, was closed yesterday. Other spots of concern are in Ogdensburg along the Oswegatchie, which was also flooding upstream near South Edwards.

“Areas experiencing localized flooding are Winthrop/Brasher along the West Branch of the St. Regis River,” said an announcement from St. Lawrence County Director of Emergency Services Michael LeCuyer.

Emergency Services personnel are keeping an eye on a dam along the Oswegatchie River at South Edwards, and farther downstream along the Oswegatchie around Heuvelton and nearby Black Lake.

Authorities are waiting for local waterways to crest after yesterday's rain and continued snowmelt.

County authorities yesterday declared a state of emergency “due to consistent flooding conditions that pose a threat to life and property,” said Jonathan Putney, chair of the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators, who signed the declaration.