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‘Goodbye Irene’ party to honor storm personnel

Oct. 1 in Ticonderoga

Washed out roads, like the Hayford Road, were the norm following Hurricane Irene. “Goodbye Irene,” a community “after-hurricane” party will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus to thank emergency personnel who responded during the storm.

Washed out roads, like the Hayford Road, were the norm following Hurricane Irene. “Goodbye Irene,” a community “after-hurricane” party will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus to thank emergency personnel who responded during the storm. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— More than a month after the remnants of Hurricane Irene smashed through Ticonderoga, it’s time to thank those who braved the storm.

“Goodbye Irene,” a community “after-hurricane” party will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus.

Open to the public, the top sirloin dinner will be served free to members of the Ticonderoga Highway Department, Ti Water & Sewer Department, Ti Fire Department, Ticonderoga Fire Department, Ticonderoga Emergency Squad and the Ticonderoga Country Club grounds crew who worked during the hurricane and its aftermath to keep people safe and roads open.

“It’s a thank you for all their work,” said Rollin Slattery of the Knights of Columbus. “They worked a lot of hours in some really tough conditions.”

The “Goodbye Irene” party is being sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street partnership, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ticonderoga Kiwanis and John Bartlett.

The public is also invited. Tickets for non-emergency personnel are $14 each. Reservations are required by calling 585-6520 by Sept. 27.

The storm caused seven roads and two bridges to be closed in Ticonderoga Aug. 28, leaving behind an estimated $1 million in damage to local thoroughfares.

The remnants of the hurricane also dumped heavy rain and brought strong winds that caused flooding, downed trees and left thousands with out electricity. The storm also damaged the town water system forcing a boil-water order.

Town and county highway workers, firefighters, police and others responded to the storm, which began with light rain at about 2:30 a.m. The strongest portion of the storm hit at about noon and lasted until about 4 p.m.

Flooded basements were the norm and travel was brought to a virtual halt.

A state of emergency was declared in Ticonderoga.

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