Warren County flooding causes expensive damage, closes roads

JOHNSBURG-Just weeks after ice jams on the Hudson River forced local residents from their homes, flooding has returned to the region in the wake of recent storms. Old River Road in Johnsburg and sections of Thirteenth Lake Road in North River were closed down Wednesday, April 27 after rising water undermined and covered local roadways.

Sections of Old River Road were covered in close to four feet of water, according to Warren County Department of Public Works Superintendent Jeff Tennyson. Thursday morning, the Hudson stood at 12.43 feet - higher than it was during the ice jams an a new record.

Tennyson anticipates that Thirteenth Lake Road will remain closed for several weeks.

A 300-foot section of the road was washed out and several culverts were clogged with debris, causing more flooding.

"We are still assessing the damage," Tennyson said. "Right now we are trying to stabilize the situation since there is more rain on the way."

Tennyson anticipates that the damage caused by the flooding will cost well above $10,000 to repair. Paving is necessary to replace the washouts as well as the replacement of damaged colverts, he said.

Residents have not been evacuated on Thirteenth Lake Road and traffic has been safely detoured around the damaged roadway.

In Johnsburg, the Hudson River had crept up its banks to cover the railroad turntables at the North Creek train station Wednesday afternoon.

Johnsburg Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed voiced concerned about the water damaging the historic Kellogg and Waddell buildings in North Creek. The water was about to breech those buildings early Wednesday and showed no sign of slowing.

"We have experienced significant damage to both town and county roads," Goodspeed said. "We are hoping that more rain is not on its way, but it's not looking good."

Residents on Old River Road exhibited no cause for concern as the water submerged the road, and have chosen to remain in their homes. North Creek Volunteer Fire Department notified residents of the possible danger, but no one has been evacuated.

"They are prepared to initiate evacuations when needed," Goodspeed said.

The flooding stretched beyond Warren County throughout the day on Wednesday and has struck Essex and Hamilton counties. Lake Abanakee had swollen to the point of spilling over local roads in Indian Lake Wednesday morning.

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