JAY — An emergency meeting at the Town of Jay Community Center on Saturday was called to plan a course of action if the Ausable River continued to rise above flood levels.
Minor flooding was expected overnight from Saturday’s rains, Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas said.
“The Town of Jay Community Center in AuSable Forks is our command post and we will work together with the American Red Cross and the AuSable Forks Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary to open our shelter if need be,” Douglas said in a news release. “Some might ask why we held this meeting early (Saturday), and I can only say that we learned something from Irene — you never know how quickly the waters will rise and we want to be ready.
“We are preparing for the worse and hoping for the best.”
Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury) was present for the briefing, while Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru), Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Jay Public Works Director Chris Garrow joined via telephone.
In attendance were AuSable Forks, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene and Keene Valley Volunteer fire department officials and the Ladies Auxiliary from the AuSable Forks Fire Department, AuSable Forks Ambulance officials, and Jay, Keene and Black Brook town officials. Also on hand were Essex and Clinton County Emergency Services directors and officials, American Red Cross, New York State Police and Essex County Sheriff’s Department, public works departments and Town of Jay/Black Brook Emergency Services Director Dan Deyoe.
“The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross has notified our disaster volunteers and we are prepared to mobilize at a moment’s notice,” Lynn Gilbert, executive director of the American Red Cross North Country Chapter, said in the release. “If necessary, we will provide sheltering, feeding or canteening to all members of the community as well as first responders.”