I cannot believe the amazing force of water that has hit our community. I've been making daily stops at Ausable Chasm so I can silently gape at the tremendous deluge of water crashing down the chasm. Incredibly beautiful and incredibly scary, as is borne witness further in town by the water treatment plant. My heartfelt congratulations to all the wonderful souls who acted so quickly to erect the sandbags and cement pylons to blockade as much of the water from spilling over as was possible. I've been waiting for the Keeseville office to notify me of names of the individuals known for helping out during our time of need so I could acknowledge them here but have not heard back yet. If anyone knows of those who deserve recognition or have needs as a result of this flooding please e-mail me so I can present them here in my column. I was informed that the water supply was very safe and there was no need to boil water or take any other steps to protect our water.

All residents like me that have septic tanks might want to have them checked as I found via my washing machine that the ground was so saturated that it filled my drywell and backed up into my tank filling it - which in turn backed into my washing machine. Upon calling Shingle Street Septic, I was informed that this has been very common this week from this particular storm cycle. I had quite a mess on my hands but I'll have you know that I still found time to actually work on my yard finally.

I received an e-mail from Chesterfield Rod and Gun Club. They have updated their Web site and promise to have some new events planned very soon. I will keep you posted as I hear of them.

With more storms coming this week make sure you keep an eye on the Ausable River as well as the lake. With flooding there is no such thing as time. Things can happen amazingly fast and as we all witnessed this past week there is no stopping the water once it gets going. Stay safe, well and dry everyone.

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