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Willsboro flooding in the wake of Irene

Boquet goes over banks in early morning hours of Aug. 29

Bernice Shedd tries to dry out a blanket at Country Treasures in Willsboro, where water from the Boquet River flooded the Main Street area Aug. 29.

Bernice Shedd tries to dry out a blanket at Country Treasures in Willsboro, where water from the Boquet River flooded the Main Street area Aug. 29. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Bernice Shedd said that she was ready for the worst when she opened the door to her Country Treasures store.

Early on the morning of Monday, Aug. 29, the Boquet River went over its banks, affecting stores and houses near the veteran’s memorial.

“I was scared that I was going to lose everything,” Shedd said. “I was lucky only to get hit on one side.”

Shedd explained that in the 50 years that she had lived there, she had never experienced flooding like this, which came as water from the heavy rains of Tropical Storm Irene made its way into brooks and rivers.

“I have never seen flooding like this without an ice jam up ahead of it,” Van Calkins, who lives in an apartment above Adirondack Hardware, said. “I texted to Mark LaFountain at about 5:45 a.m., when I woke up, that there might be some trouble.”

LaFountain, the manager of the store, said that they were lucky.

“It has not come into the building,” he said. “It has been right up to the door, but we got lucky.”

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