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Storms cause heavy flooding in Warren County

State Rte. 8 was closed mid-Thursday off to all traffic between North Creek and Indian Lake due to water covering both lanes of traffic. Johnsburg Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed said he had never seen this happen in his lifetime.

Areas of Thousand Acres Golf Course in Stony Creek and Cronin's Golf Course in Warrensburg were underwater mid-Thursday. Low-lying properties near Thousand Acres Resort were flooded extensively, and the Stony Creek-Warrensburg Road was blocked off mid-morning Thursday. Crazy Creek Campground near Cameron Road near Thousand Acres was under a foot of water, Tennyson said.

Some properties along Schroon River Road and East Schroon River Road were also flooded, including some homes. An area of particular concern was at the northern end of Schroon River Road near the Glendale Bridge near the hamlet of Pottersville, Tennyson said.

Although the floodwaters dismayed or worried many, some local rafters were apparently quite happy. A raft and two kayaks made the trip from North Creek to The Glen this afternoon, and witnesses said they cheered as they passed by.

High winds accompanying the rains brought down trees throughout the county, some landing on roadways.

Tennyson said the raging flows were threatening to scour the abutments of several smaller bridges - with shallow foundations - and county employees were watching them to monitor their safety.

Bridges most vulnerable to flood damage, he said, were the Crane Mountain Road Bridge and the Back to Sodom Road Bridge and the Claude Straight Bridge, all in Johnsburg, and the Adirondack Road Bridge over Mill Brook in Chester.

Tennyson said county workers were also surveying the county railroad, making sure no culverts were blocking up, so costly track washouts could be avoided.

He said highway workers were busy throughout the county for the past 24 hours inspecting roadways and infrastructure.

"At this point we're chasing it," he said. "We're hoping the rain subsides so we can start reconstruction," he said.

By late Thursday afternoon, however, the threat of further flooding subsided after the rain ceased.

(News-Enterprise Editor Lindsay Yandon contributed to this report.)

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