THURMAN - Heavy rains in northern Warren County Saturday afternoon caused substantial flooding, prompting road washouts -- with the worst damage occuring in Thurman, where many roadways were under water and a State of Emergency was declared.
At 10:20 p.m., Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood warned against any travel in her town as she described the destruction of roads.
Substantial washouts occurred on Valley Road, Mountain Road, High and Mud streets, plus Smith, Drexel, and Dartmouth roads, she said.
Don Potter Bridge was destroyed, and the roadway on either side was washed out, and pine trees, their roots washed out, down at the scene. She said the bridge had been washed away, and guardrails were ripped off the road by the raging floodwaters.
The area was pounded by heavy rain, wind and hail mid-afternoon Saturday, she said, following intermittent rains the past several days including heavy rain late Friday night.
"I'm urging all Thurman residents to stay at home unless they absolutely must go out," she said. "And those who do go out should exercise extreme caution."
She said that many roads that may look passable are actually hazardous because they've been undermined.
She and Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said that a good number of people in the region had apparently lost electric power.
Geraghty, on duty at 9:30 p.m. at the Warrensburg firehouse, said that the I-87 Northway had been closed for several hours late Saturday afternoon - causing severe backups - with traffic diverted up state Rte. 9, which itself was closed for a time later on.
He said that Schroon River Road was washed out or under water at several places, and a tree was down over the roadway.
"It's a big mess," Geraghty said.
Personnel and equipment from five fire companies from Queensbury, and firefighters from Lake George came up to Warrensburg to be dispatched where they were needed, he said. A command center was set up for emergency personnel at the Warrensburg firehouse.