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Black River surpasses flood stage; more wet weather in the forecast

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WATERTOWN — The Black River in Watertown surpassed its 10-foot flood stage Monday morning and water levels are expected to rise through Thursday.

Despite the ongoing snowmelt followed by rain Monday and today, the National Weather Service predicts only minor flooding.

“It’s not expected to reach the moderate flood stage,” said Kirk Apffel, a NWS meteorologist in Buffalo.

By Wednesday afternoon, the river is expected to rise to 11.1 feet and should remain in flood stage until late this week, Mr. Apffel said.

In its flood warning, the weather service said “moderate” to more extensive flooding — which would cause “significant damages” to agricultural, commercial and industrial areas — could occur if the river’s water level reaches 12 feet.

East Martinsburg Road in Lowville was closed to traffic Monday morning, but no property damage was immediately reported to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.

In St. Lawrence County, Route 58 at its intersection with Route 184 in Pope Mills was closed Monday due to flooding. The road is expected to remain closed through Wednesday.

In addition to snowmelt runoff, forecasters were predicting an inch of precipitation through today, with snow likely this evening.

Mr. Apffel said today will start out warm, with temperatures in the mid-50s in the morning, but temperatures will drop to the lower 30s by around sunset.

North country drivers should expect slippery road conditions this evening, he said.

A flood watch will remain in effect until 2 a.m. Thursday for Jefferson and Lewis counties. St. Lawrence County’s flood watch will be lifted at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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