State of emergency declared because of storm

PLATTSBURGH While the April 15, 16 noreaster that dropped eight inches of rain on New York Citys Central Park and caused severe flooding and wind damage downstate didnt hit this area quite as hard, it did have a severe impact in Clinton County. Winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour and generally 7-12 inches of heavy, wet snow (Chazy Lake reported 24 inches) caused Clinton County officials to declare a state of emergency on Sunday night that extended into Wednesday. Two people died in Interstate 87 automobile accidents. At 5:15 p.m. Sunday, 34-year old Sara Rosen of Maryland was killed and her two-month-old child Malkah sustained severe head injuries when a minivan driven by her husband Dovid skidded off the southbound lane of Interstate 87 and hit a tree near Keeseville Exit 34. Two other children were taken to CVPH for treatment. Heavy, wet snow was falling at the time of the accident, temperatures were below freezing and visibility was poor. At 8:22 p.m. Sunday Montreal resident Jean Lafranc lost control of his van while attempting to pass another vehicle in the northbound lane of Interstate 87 in the Town of Chazy. The vehicle slid off the west side of the highway and rolled over twice. Passenger Jocelyne Toussaint of St. Rose, Quebec was thrown from the vehicle and killed. Five other passengers were taken to CVPH for treatment. Lafranc was ticketed for speeding. The wet snow downed tree limbs causing power outages, which left thousands of customers without electricity for many hours (See related NYSEG story). Area schools were closed on Monday including SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College.

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