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Lake George starts cleaning up tropical storm damage

Monday, Aug. 29, about 24 hours after the storm subsided, a contractor moves boulders in place next to English Brook to provide some protection for English Brook Cottages & Storage units (background) if the stream is again inundated with floodwaters. The prior day, English Brook jumped its banks and ripped through the property along Rte. 9. At one point in its course, the brook was 15 feet above normal level.

Monday, Aug. 29, about 24 hours after the storm subsided, a contractor moves boulders in place next to English Brook to provide some protection for English Brook Cottages & Storage units (background) if the stream is again inundated with floodwaters. The prior day, English Brook jumped its banks and ripped through the property along Rte. 9. At one point in its course, the brook was 15 feet above normal level. Photo by Thom Randall.

Rte. 9 north of the village, and Rte. 9 south of Northway Exit 21 remained closed to traffic mid-morning Monday. The northern stretch is due to the deposited debris, and the southern sector is due to the pavement being washed out near Magic Forest. Also, Rte. 9N north of the village, known locally as Bolton Road, was also closed due to a washout and the destabilized condition of Rte. 9N bridge over English Brook. That stream was 15 feet over its normal level and turned into a river in Sunday’s flooding, ripping through homes, motels, various other properties and roadways.

Lake George Mayor Robert Blais, reached at 9:40 a.m. in the darkened village hall, warned there was now limited access to Lake George Village.

‘The only way in or out of the village is from Luzerne Road and the Northway,” he said.

Blais added that English Brook floodwaters broke a water main at the north end of the village, that served about a dozen households. He said work was progressing on repairs.

Village Sewer Plant Operator Tim Shudt reported that tank trucks were routinely pumping out sewage Sunday and Monday from the municipal Sewell Street municipal pump station, which has no backup generation.

Blais said Shephard Park beach and Lake Avenue beach were closed until further notice due to the flooding.

Town Supervisor Frank McCoy praised the public employees, volunteers and utility workers who responded Sunday and Monday.

“Our sincere thanks go out to the Lake George firefighters, Emergency Squad responders and local highway workers for all they’ve accomplished during the storm and its aftermath,” McCoy said.

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Monday Aug. 29, about 24 hours after the storm subsided, a contractor moves boulders in place next to English Brook to provide some protection for English Brook Cottages & Storage units (background) if the stream is again inundated with floodwaters. The prior day, English Brook jumped its banks and ripped through the property along Rte. 9. At one point in its course, the brook was 15 feet above normal level.

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