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January 31, 2013

High winds cause problems around region


A beam broke a window, but that and the door leading to the back office have been enclosed with boards, she said.

"After that happened, I was kind of nervous because we kept getting huge wind gusts," Ingbretson said. "I thought for sure our roof was going to cave in on us."


An ice jam closed Route 9N early Thursday morning, some 10 miles west of AuSable Forks in the hamlet of Upper Jay.

There, the Ausable River jumped its banks near the Navajo Lodge in a section that was heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Irene nearly 18 months ago.

“There was an ice jam which caused 9N to flood, but it’s gone," Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish said later in the morning.

"Fire Chief Mike Lincoln enacted an evacuation warning of some homes in AuSable Forks, but there was no flooding."

Lincoln had notified residents in low-lying areas that an ice jam was moving toward the hamlet. But the ice broke up and moved on.

“Everything’s gone," Lincoln said. "We are all out in the clear here. Our river is wide open now and below flood stage.”

Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas said they were lucky.

"Everything moved through. Ice on both branches (of Ausable River) went out. We had no flooding, just a temporary road closure," Douglas said.

State Route 9N between Upper Jay and Keene was temporarily closed due to water over the road, but it later reopened.

Douglas thanked everyone who helped out with response, cleanup and monitoring rivers.


The wind problem wasn't as severe Thursday in Franklin County.

Just three wind-related calls had been made to Franklin County Emergency Services dispatchers by midday, said Director Ricky Provost. Two calls about downed trees were in the Paul Smiths area and the other on Route 374 in Chateaugay, but neither was significant.

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