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Storms feed raging rivers in Warren County

WARRENSBURG - Persistent rain Wednesday night and Thursday morning fed raging rivers throughout Warren County, prompting widespread flooding.

States of emergency were declared Friday in the towns of Johnsburg and Chester after the Hudson River reportedly reached a record level - Flows in the Hudson were reported at 10 times normal volume, or 30,000 cubic feet per second, according to Warren County Public Works Superintendent Jeff Tennyson. He said the river flows on Thursday were twice the normal annual high volume.

The flooding, some of the worst in recent decades, closed a half-dozen low-lying roads in the region that were underwater, he said.

"This is a massive amount of water, much more than normal, especially with no ice jams," Tennyson said.

One woman in Pottersville was evacuated by boat, and a dozen or more homes in the towns of Luzerne and Hadley were flooded, as were properties in Stony Creek, North Creek and elsewhere along the Hudson and Schroon Rivers.

In North Creek on Thursday, the rail station serving the county railway was flooded, including a locomotive turntable. Nearby, the Kellogg property with a row of historic buildings were also flooded. The access road to the rail station was closed, as it was underwater.

Old River Road in Chester near North Creek was under 4 feet of water, cutting off a number of homes from transportation. Nearby, the water was flowing 15 feet deep at the 8N bridge.

In Johnsburg, Thirteenth Lake Road was closed after heavy rains washed debris into culverts, clogging them up and causing roads to wash out in several places, Tennyson said.

State Trooper Jarrod Bowman of the Chester substation presided over an evacuation by boat of an elderly woman from her home on Valley Farm Road in Pottersville.

A neighbor of the woman provided a flat-bottomed boat, and he and a relative of the woman and Bowman rescued the woman from her home - where she lived alone - which was surrounded by rising waters of the nearby Schroon River. Bowman had been called by the woman's daughter, a Clifton Park resident. Area rescue squads assisted at the scene, Bowman said.

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