Communities across the North Country continue to deal with flooding as high waters have forced area towns and villages to declare states of emergency.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a new weather advisory this week as more storms are expected to sweep across the region. An additional two inches of rain could fall in the next several days.
In Tupper Lake, some 40 homes are underwater and the Raquette River remained high Monday. Officials are detouring traffic away from Demars Boulevard, although state Route 3 is back to two lanes near the Crusher.
Rick Provost is emergency services coordinator for Franklin County.
"We evacuated 7 people last night with boats from high water areas," he said. "We're trying to get a handle on what the peak water height is going to be, we're not sure yet. We're working with DEC on that."
Town and village officials in Tupper Lake have declared a state of emergency due to the threat of adverse weather conditions and high water from the Raquette River. The state of emergency will remain in effect through midnight Monday, at which time conditions will be reevaluated.
Floodwaters continued to rise on Saturday and Sunday. James Augustine stood outside his home in Tupper Lake.
"The whole garage is above the top of your thigh, everything is ruined," he said. "It's going up the back steps, if it raises it will be in the house."
Residents of Tupper Lake are being asked to refrain from unnecessary travel on streets, roads and highways within the village and the town. An emergency shelter has been established at the Holy Ghost Parish Center. Anyone in need of assistance is urged to call 359-3341.
In Saranac Lake, the state of emergency for the village of Saranac Lake and the town of Harrietstown has been extended and officials are still monitoring the situation from the command center at the fire house.
Water levels at the Lake Flower Dam are stabilizing, but officials need to reduce water levels upstream on both Middle and Lower Saranac Lake. Water levels on Lake Flower and the Saranac River are still considered dangerous, officials say.
It could take a considerable amount of time for water levels to return to normal.
Village Manager John Sweeney says some structures below the dam are showing minor damage and the Main Street bridge is being watched closely.
"We do have some scouring at Woodruff Street, we have a small hairline crack at Dorsey, we didn't see anything at Church Street, we didn't see anything at Broadway, and it's to be determined at the Main Street bridge because it's been underwater for so long we don't know what has happened - we just don't have a visual inspection," he said. "We need to evaluate what's going on at the Main Street bridge."
Emergency officials say there is significant erosion along shorelines, so residents should stay "well away" from river banks.
Both the Lower and Upper Locks remain closed until further notice.
The Main Street bridge is still closed, as is the Dorsey Street bridge. The Woodruff Street bridge is open at this time.
Homeowners with private wells are encouraged to test their water prior to consumption.
Speaking over the weekend, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens urged people to stay off rivers and trails across the region.
"Clearly, we don't want people out on swollen waters - there's a lot of stuff underneath the surface of the water that may not be visible and could be very hazardous," he said. "Likewise, on the trails and in the backcountry, all the soils are waterlogged, they're not terribly stable and we don't know what the bridges and culverts might be out."