SARANAC LAKE —
Although business was lost, Brownell was very appreciative of the work that emergency management teams did to prevent the rising lake water from causing any structural damage.
“If it wasn’t for (the) Franklin County Office of Emergency Management and Ricky Provost, who heads his office, and his deputy John (Bashaw II) and Don Jaquish, who heads the Essex County Office of Emergency Management, my business probably would be in Cadyville right now. It would have just floated away,” she said.
Brownell says the hotel has had trouble with rising water on occasion during the past two years, but never to this extent.
At times this year, the water has risen over the hotel’s three-foot retaining wall, reaching 10 to 12 feet into the yard.
Despite recent flooding, Brownell isn’t worried that the troubles will continue. In her mind, everything is looking up for her business heading into the early part of the summer.
With the worst, hopefully, behind them, she expects a busy summer for Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn.
“We are very confident that with the guys at Franklin County (Emergency Management and) the folks up there in Essex County, they have got this under control,” she said.
“As usual, I’m booked solid through the season.
“I’m not worried about it. We’ll just take it as it comes.”