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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.

— Power outages, which started at about 1 a.m. Monday became widespread beginning mid-afternoon, about when power was cut off to the entire village due to a transformer on Cooper Street exploding, Village deputy Mayor John Earl said.

“Nothing has ever happened like this before,” Earl said, describing the flooding and high winds.

Firefighters reported they’d heard that many boats were sunk on Lake George, perhaps a dozen or more.

Lake George Town Supervisor Frank McCoy reported that the new village public docks on the lake by Beach Road were ripped from shore by waves whipped up by the high winds.

He also reported that a section of Rte. 9 near Magic Forest caved in, and that high winds had downed both limbs and power lines on top of cars.

“Luckily, there was no loss of life here,” McCoy said. Earlier Sunday, Lake George firefighters were trapped inside a fire truck when they responded to a scene and live power lines were brought down atop the truck, McCoy reported. He said that National Grid workers arrived on the scene and freed the firefighters.

West Brook, which runs through the West Brook Environmental Park now under development, was flooded far beyond its banks, closing West Brook Road as well as Beach Road from Canada St. to Rte. 9L. As of Sunday night, damage to the developing park was not determined.

Behind Lake George High School, floodwaters were so deep on the basketball courts that teenagers swam from one basket to another and dunked the ball in floodwaters about eight feet deep. Behind the school, witnesses reported seeing a kayaker paddling in the impromptu pond and a Jetski cruising the waters there.

Road closures due to flooding or flood damage included Rte. 9 south of the village to Magic Forest, Rte 9N, Goggins Road, Sewell Street, Lake Avenue, and Rte. 9L in the vicinity of the Lake George-Queensbury town border.

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