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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.

— By evening, tourists were sitting outside their motel units in downtown Lake George to watch the action in the streets, or they were wandering up Canada St. in darkness. Others swamped the Price Chopper and Stewart’s Shop convenience stores, two of only a handful of businesses that stayed open because they had backup power. The few stores remaining electrified included Giuseppe's Pizzeria, The Georgian Resort and the village firehouse.

At Giuseppe's, there was a line snaking out the open front door of tourists waiting to be served, and the entire Chiaravalle family was scurrying to meet the demand.

“We are happy we bought the generator several years ago so we can accommodate people in a situation like this,” Carmela Chiaravalle said.

At Lobster Pot Restaurant, a generator caused problems rather than drawing customers. Mid-evening, firefighters were called there when a malfunctioning generator ignited an exterior wall at the eatery.

Lake George firefighters responded to 16 calls or so, mostly due to flooding. A total of 29 firefighters responded to emergency calls Sunday.

Beyond Lake George, the entire region was effected by the tropical storm. an estimated 55,000 people were left without power in Warren, Washington, Essex and Saratoga counties.

Pummeled with fierce winds, communities along the east side of Lake George were left without without power.

Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec declared a state of emergency in the county at about 12:30 p.m. Other counties making such a declaration include Essex, Saratoga and Washington counties.

Flood and wind damage was also reported in Chestertown, Brant Lake, Thurman and Stony Creek. The Stony-Creek-Warrensburg Road was closed between Thousand Acres Ranch and Cameron Road, authorities reported.

In Warrensburg, highway workers were busy Sunday clearing downed trees and flood-ravaged roadways.

Warrensburg Highway Superintendent Ed Pennock reported that virtually every mountain stream was flooded with runoff. He said Alden Avenue was closed due to flooding and washouts in up to a dozen places, and a bridge near Viele Pond may be destroyed. Road culverts in the area near the Luzerne town line are also believed to be washed out, Pennock said late Sunday night.

“I’ve never seen water runoff like this,” Pennock said.

Local work crews were also busy removing trees and branches that fell down over roadways, including on Forest Lake Road and Green Mansions Road.

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