Lake Placid The village is in pretty good shape following Hurricane Irene, which hit the region Aug. 28. That’s according to Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall.
“We weathered the storm very, very well, certainly compared to the communities around us,” Randall said, adding he had since offered assistance to Keene.
There have been no reported injuries in the Lake Placid area, according to Randall. Village crews had been out all day Aug. 28 and into the night. The following day, power crews and the highway department were out with chainsaws clearing debris.
Local roads closed include River Road, Rt. 73 to Keene, and Rt. 86 to Wilmington, according to the village website.
“The main clean up, if you drove up Main St. this morning early, was already done,” Randall said Aug. 29. “Things almost look like there wasn’t a storm. But when you get off on the side streets, they’re out there working on those now.”
That said a major portion of the municipal beach dock broke loose from its moorings, Randall said. The new tennis courts are covered with tree debris. People on the Adirondack Loj Rd. may be stranded up to two days until the bridges there are declared safe.
Randall said he did not yet have a monetary assessment of damages Lake Placid suffered as a result of the storm, though the electric department likely lost some transformers.
“The biggest expense that we’re probably going to have is the overtime associated with everybody working yesterday and continuing to work on cleanup,” the mayor said. “Those are immediate expenses that I’m aware of. Beyond that, we’ll see what we have for road damage.”
On the afternoon of Aug. 30, Congressman Chris Gibson, representing New York’s 20th district, was scheduled to be visiting the village, Randall said.
“What was originally intended as a town hall forum at the High Peaks resort probably is going to turn into more of a damage assessment,” the mayor said.