As of Thursday Morning, a Boil Water Order is in Effect for Areas on Lake Flower Avenue from Winona Ave. toward Lake Placid including all side streets: Center St., Merrill St., Santanoni Ave., Colony Ct., Meadow Lane, Crossfield Rd., Duprey St., Edward St, Cortez Ln., Turtle Pond Rd., Will Rogers Rd. and including North Country Community College. The New York State Department of Health issues these orders as a precaution following events like the water main break on Lake Flower Avenue Wednesday morning.. The order is clear; “DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.” It also says bring all water to a boil in a clean container, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using; use bottle water certified by NYSDOH; or use water from a public water system approved by NYSDOH. Boiled or bottled water certified by NYSDOH should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation when water service is restored and until further notice. The Boil Water Order is being issued as a precaution because of the drop in water line pressures and loss of water due to a water main break. Consumers will be notified as soon as the Boil Water Order is rescinded. The Boil Water Order shall only be lifted when repairs are complete and two consecutive daily samples show no bacteriological contamination.
The water main break on Lake Flower Avenue is close to completion but may Cause significant delays in the flow of traffic in both directions on Lake Flower Avenue and for residents of the Village of Saranac Lake, DPW Superintendent Jeff Dora says residents on the village’s water supply could see reductions in pressure or a loss of water altogether until the break can be repaired.. Dora is on location at the break which occurred a few hundred yards south of Mountain Mist on Lake Flower Avenue at about 10:30am Wednesday Morning. The pipe itself is about five feet down under the roadway which is also layered with concrete.. Dora says the village has contingency plans for just such an occurrence and are in the process of implementing the repair strategy.. At least for the next several hours for drivers to avoid Lake Flower Avenue if at all possible.. Dora says the repair won’t actually begin until the get the water flowing to that portion of the main completely off.. Right now the best advice for travelers is to use Pine street and avoid lake flower avenue.. Dora says they’ll try to accommodate one way traffic as best they can, but there could be longer delays while the work on the broken water main continues..
(Updated Wednesday 4/23/14 at 11:45am)