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Irene’s gone, but floods reoccur

Eileen Wells of Lake George talks Thursday about how her Bradley Street home was engulfed with floodwaters for the second time in three weeks. The first flooding was due to Tropical storm Irene, which turned local streams into raging rivers, and the second time was due to a downpour Sept. 12. She implored the Lake George later that day to re-channel the local streams so future storms would not damage or destroy local homes. Town Supervisor Frank McCoy pledged to take action.

Eileen Wells of Lake George talks Thursday about how her Bradley Street home was engulfed with floodwaters for the second time in three weeks. The first flooding was due to Tropical storm Irene, which turned local streams into raging rivers, and the second time was due to a downpour Sept. 12. She implored the Lake George later that day to re-channel the local streams so future storms would not damage or destroy local homes. Town Supervisor Frank McCoy pledged to take action. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Flooded out of her home three weeks ago, homeowner Eileen Wells thought she could concentrate on cleaning up and reconstructing when Tropical Storm Irene subsided.

Her plans were premature, it turns out.

Monday Sept. 12 while some local property owners were still recovering from Irene’s destruction, a new flash flood occurred in Lake George causing more damage to her home at 13 Bradley Street.

A localized, mid-afternoon rain storm dumped about an inch of rain in portions of Warrensburg and Lake George within an hour, and water again gushed into her basement.

English Brook, plus a stormwater ditch that drains rainwater from the Northway sent water onto Wells’ property and flooded her basement — again.

A half-dozen other properties on Lake View Circle and Deer Run Road also experienced flooding Sept. 12.

Last week, an insurance adjuster — viewing Wells’ destroyed furnace, soggy joists and muck-filled ductwork — had estimated the cost to repair damages would total about $100,000.

Wells aired her problems with the Lake George Town Board just hours after the latest flooding, asking that the town take action to protect her property and others.

“I am beside myself,” she said. “Those streams have to be fixed.”

Town Supervisor Frank McCoy said that town officials would be consulting this week with Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Dave Wick on what could be done to resolve the flooding problems, and that local contractor Daniel Ellsworth, who’s already contracted to dredge local streams, might be able to carve a deeper channel and build a berm that would protect her home from flooding yet again, town officials said.

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