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July 4, 2013

Flooding wreaks havoc in Essex County

CHESTERFIELD — Flooding caused mayhem in Essex County on Wednesday with numerous road washouts and closures that resulted in one evacuation and the rerouting of a train.

“This storm came out of nowhere,” Essex County Director of Emergency Services Donald Jaquish said Wednesday night. “It rained tremendously.”

A Keeseville woman was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after mud began rising outside her Highland Road mobile home and flood waters flowed rapidly across her lawn. 

“That will be closed for a while,” Jaquish said of Highland Road. “It’s pretty well damaged.”

ROAD CLOSURES, DAMAGE

Flooding had caused significant damage to other roads in Essex County as well.

State Route 22 was closed Wednesday afternoon from the intersection near Interstate 87’s Exit 33 in the Town of Chesterfield to Highland Road, he said.

“They’re working there now to try to fix the road and determine if it’s undermined. It (flood waters) washed out quite a bit of the roadway,” Jaquish said shortly before 8 p.m.

Portions of Corlear Bay Road washed out, also.

At one point in the afternoon, water crossed both lanes of Interstate 87 near Butternut Pond in Chesterfield, Jaquish said.

The Northway remained passable, though, the director of Emergency Services said.

TRAIN REROUTED

A northbound Amtrak train had to be rerouted south to Westport at about 4 p.m., Jaquish said.

The more than 240 passengers aboard were being taken by bus to their destination Wednesday night, he said.

Jaquish said he was grateful for the help of Clinton County Emergency Services workers who assisted his department.

TESTING BOUNDARIES

Officials in Saranac Lake and at state offices in Ray Brook are balancing water flow along the Saranac Lakes into the Saranac River.

The Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac lakes flow through a lock system above Oseetah Lake into Lake Flower, which is impounded by a dam in the village that then pours into the Saranac River.

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