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Elizabethtown residents deal with fallout from Tropical Storm Irene

Elizabethtown resident Tris Horton sits on the foundation of her back yard deck, which was moved by flood waters against a line of trees along the banks of the Boquet River.

Elizabethtown resident Tris Horton sits on the foundation of her back yard deck, which was moved by flood waters against a line of trees along the banks of the Boquet River. Photo by John Grybos.

— His wife is busy canceling reservations, said Pushee, and he said it would be at least a month before they could host anyone.

He's lived with the river for 25 years, said Pushee, and with steady rains all day, he started to feel that the river might have had too much.

He and his wife rolled up as many rugs and moved as much furniture they could before they had to leave their home to the invading waters and meet with Horton at their mutual friend's.

A few houses down, Bud Gangone was out closing roads with the fire department Sunday evening. He returned to see the floodwaters creeping up on his house. He and his wife loaded into their camper and drove it to the Grand Union to wait out the flood.

His wife had heard a loud bang from the basement Sunday evening, but with the basement flooded and waters rising, they didn't have the time or ability to find out what caused it. Gangone thought it was something banging into the furnace.

Gangone returned to find more damage than he'd first thought. Half of his driveway was carved away by rushing water.

“But that was the easy part,” said Gangone.

A large chunk of the foundation supporting the home was knocked out, leaving less support for the structure above.

A fuel line ruptured, leaving a layer of fuel oil floating on top of the water in the flooded basement.

Elizabethtown Fire Chief Ed Martin took shelter at the school along with about 30 others. His home in New Russia escaped serious damage, but a work truck was in the water, and a trailer was moved by the water and stuck in a tree.

He's had a couple calls about people stuck in camps, though so far nothing life-threatening.

Most of his calls are for pump-outs, and they were working their way through a waiting list late Monday morning.

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