Emergency services: Torrential rains cause small mudslide in Saratoga County

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SARATOGA COUNTY – Severe thunderstorms caused flash floods in Saratoga County and pushed rocks, tree branches and dirt on half of the two-lane Spier Falls in Moreau just off the exit 17N on the Northway Thursday night, a county official said.

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County Emergency Services Commissioner Carl Zeilman said he was not aware of any vehicles in the area at the time of the slide and that there were no injuries from the incident. But, the Saratoga County Roads Department had closed part of the road in the Moreau / Corinth area in order to do its job.

Zeilman wasn’t sure how long it would take, but he was sure the road would be closed at least overnight.

The commissioner also reported that Route 9 was underwater at Ballard Road in Wilton and that the town of Northumberland was experiencing minor flooding along Jewel Road. He warned all travelers to turn around when approaching submerged roads throughout the county and not attempt to cross them.

He also congratulated the firefighters, first responders, the highway department and everyone else for working Thursday night. He pointed out that many of them were volunteers working in their own communities.

“Be patient with these people who do this work,” Zeilman said. “They just need to clean it up and it will reopen once it is safe.”

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