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Historic storm tears up Lake George region

Many thousands without power

Wading through roiling floodwaters, Warren County Sheriff's officers knock at a door of a home in the "Big Hollow" off Rte. 9 north of Lake George village in an effort to tell residents to evacuate their home. Authorities said a nearby resident of a trailer (at left in photo) refused to leave, al;though floodwaters were tearing away at her trailer's foundation and running through her home

Wading through roiling floodwaters, Warren County Sheriff's officers knock at a door of a home in the "Big Hollow" off Rte. 9 north of Lake George village in an effort to tell residents to evacuate their home. Authorities said a nearby resident of a trailer (at left in photo) refused to leave, al;though floodwaters were tearing away at her trailer's foundation and running through her home Photo by Thom Randall.

— Mid-afternoon Sunday, English Brook north of downtown Lake George jumped its banks and turned the roadway into a river. The cascading waters flowed down Rte. 9 and flowed into the properties of Blue Moon Motel, Fran Cove Motel and Seven Dwarves Motel & Cabins.

Route 9 was closed Sunday afternoon and night between Warrensburg and Lake George due to the damage, which included tons of gravel and sand left in the roadway.

At Blue Moon, the floodwaters, bearing silt and gravel, swamped the pool and plunged units 1 through 14 into waist-high floodwaters.

Blue Moon owner Mike Stafford said his motel’s swimming pool was likely beyond salvaging, and would have to be replaced.

“I’m 61 years old, I’ve lived in Lake George my whole life, and I’ve never seen flooding even remotely ike this,” Stafford said. ”It’s just beyond belief.”

At Seven Dwarves Motel, the raging waters cascading down Rte. 9, ripped up the motel’s landscaping, filling the pool with silt and washed away the foundation of a cabin. The rushing waters tore up the property of nearby English Brook Storage, filling the storage units with water and silt.

Where English Brook runs under Rte. 9N just north of the village, raging floodwaters were so deep they ran over the bridge in their course to Lake George. Stafford estimated the water was 15 feet higher than normal.

“The devastation around here is unbelievable,” he said.

Stafford said that near the English Brook bridge, he saw a car stuck up to its doors in solid mud.

In downtown Lake George, an unnamed stream that carries runoff from Prospect Mountain and the Northway to Lake George was overwhelmed. Floodwaters 12 feet or more deeper than normal ran from the stream down Dieskau Street, swamping Motel 6 property— formerly The Villager Motel — with waist-high floodwaters in their lower motel units, submerging cabins on the property. Floodwaters there were up to seven feet deep, firefighters reported. The raging waters from this stream also flooded the Woodbine Motel, the Lemon Peel Lounge and McDonald’s Restaurant.

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