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Floods wash away Saranac bridge

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SARANAC, N.Y. -

Waters are starting to calm down in Saranac, N.Y., but that was not the case Tuesday.

"The water has receded some, but there's no guarantee," said Kelly Donoghue of Clinton County Emergency Services. "Hopefully if we continue to have nice weather, things will start drying up."

Many roads off Route 3 were flooded and closed. But then things got worse.

"The water with the high intense flow from the rains we had in 24-hour period had gotten to the point that it blew out the two culverts that were located at this location," Donoghue said.

The Square Dashnaw bridge has washed away, and this isn't the first time. According to Emergency Services similar destruction ruined the bridge after rainfall hit the area several years ago.

"Nine times out of 10 what you do is when you review these culverts you don't just put them back to take on an amount of water, you try to look at the history of things and be able to look at if it's a good fit or if we need to review and go back to the drawing board to put in a different style," Donoghue said.

Highway officials estimate the damage is about $200,000, and depending on funding from the town, it's going to be at least two months before the road reopens with a temporary fix. Officials advise the public to take precautions seriously when a storm rolls through the state and to expect the unexpected when driving.

"When it's at night, a lot of time people won't see the damage that's there, but they only see water on top. But all it takes it some pressure from the weight of the vehicle crossing over and it could collapse underneath them," Donoghue said.

Luckily no one was hurt. But along Square Dashnaw Street, it's a devastating scene, with the hopes that the town can restore this bridge once again.

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