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Flooding continues on Salmon River

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Flooding continues on Salmon River
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A state of emergency continues for the Town of Malone as a section of Lower Park Street remains under water. Up to four feet has been reported in some areas. Barry Wygel shows us how the situation is not improving.

MALONE, N.Y. -- People were hoping the weekend might bring some relief for flood-ravaged areas of Malone. But that optimism has faded.

"It's gotten worse. The water has been backing up more," said Howard Maneely, Malone Town Supervisor.

Areas where water was flowing Thursday has frozen over and a new fast-flowing river heads down Lower Park Street.

"Three to four feet in places on the road," said Maneely.

This has homeowners in a constant struggle with the water.

"I have a pump recessed in the concrete so everything flows into that spot, then I have another pump my friend brought down that's submersible," said Jerry Lamica, a Malone resident.

Lamica says this area is no stranger to flooding.

"This is the highest I have ever seen it in my life," said Lamica.

While everyone is waiting for warmer temperatures, it may get worse before it gets better. Officials now say with the thaw there is a potential for massive ice blocks to come down the river and damage the homes even more.

"All we can do now is run the front-end loader down there and try to push some of the ice and water out of the road," said Maneely.

Maneely says he has been in touch state and national lawmakers. Not only have they pledged immediate relief, but they also want to prevent it from happening again in the future.

"They are going to do everything they can. We have to push the Army Corps of Engineers, they are in charge of the river," said Maneely.

Franklin County emergency officials have been constantly monitoring the situation and are ready to respond.

Officials are once again urging people to stay clear of the area and obey all roadblocks. Due to the fresh coat of snow, it is difficult to see how deep the water is in some of the flooded areas.

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