Officials in Tupper Lake have extended a declared state of emergency by an additional five days due to continued flooding.
Village Mayor Mickey Desmarais and town Supervisor Roger Amell jointly signed the declaration, noting that high waters still pose a threat to the general safety of people living in the Tupper Lake area.
The latest emergency declaration remains in effect until midnight Sunday, at which time officials will reevaluate the situation. The declaration can be canceled prior to that deadline if conditions improve.
Officials urge motorists and pedestrians to refrain from any unnecessary travel.
Water levels seem to have crested in Tupper Lake, but additional rain today and tomorrow could have an adverse effect on the situation, according to a release issued by emergency personnel.
The Raquette River near River Road is beginning to recede, but the sewage pumping station that serves the area still isn't operational. Porta-Potties have been placed throughout that neighborhood for residential use.
Demars Boulevard remains closed today between Pleasant Avenue and Cedar Street - Water Street and Cedar Street remain impassable. Raquette River Drive is still flooded, but is accessible from Wawbeek Avenue and state Route 30. Lake Simon Road is once again open to all forms of traffic.
Village officials say they are closely monitoring the Main Street Trailer Park, which is being threatened by high waters from Little Wolf Pond.
Meanwhile, the village's water system remains unaffected by flooding, except for users near Raquette River Drive and Byram Road, where the pumping station is inoperable.
Town, village, county and state officials will continue to monitor flooding in Tupper Lake. Officials urge the public to follow all instructions provided by emergency personnel.
Additionally, homeowners using drilled wells should take certain precautions if their water has a bad odor or bad taste, as water from questionable sources can pose a significant health risk.
Water should be filtered and then boiled for about a minute. After boiling, the water should be cooled for half an hour and treated with liquid chlorine bleach.
Flooding of a private sewage system can be hazardous to drinking water and lead to a back-up of sewage inside a home, causing unsanitary living conditions.
If homeowners in Tupper Lake find their private septic systems backing up, they're urged to discontinue use and contact officials for assistance.