continued “We have people in the field — you know forest rangers and ECOs (environmental conservation officers) — that dealt with rescues in communities yesterday and today, particularly in Keene,” Winchell said.
The DEC is currently taking stock of damage to campgrounds, backcountry facilities and determining the location of people in the backcountry according to a press release provided by the agency.
Preliminary reports, according to the release, are that there are a number of bridges washed away and trails severely eroded in the Eastern High Peaks, Dix and Giant Wilderness. The Marcy Dam Bridge was washed downstream; that crossing is impassable.
There were a few campers who did not heed warnings, according to the release, but so far all who the DEC has made contact with are doing fine. One backcountry search and rescue effort related to the storm was a rescue of three canoeists from Northville that were stranded on the Sacandaga River. They went out after the storm and passed and waters were high and flipped the canoe. They were rescued without any incident and were not injured.
The DEC had significant blowdown at a number of its campgrounds and is working on tree removal and getting electricity back, according to the release. The DEC asks people stay out of the backcountry as it expects significant blowdown, flooded areas, and severe erosion. DEC will make a determination by the end of Aug. 29 based on its assessments of whether to continue that advisory or focus it on certain hard hit areas.