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High winds, rain hit area hard

Eric Quain removes downed tree debris from a driveway in Lewis.

Eric Quain removes downed tree debris from a driveway in Lewis. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

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A tree pulls a power line down along Rte. 9 between Lewis and Chesterfield.

— Morning commuters were faced with high winds and rain that caused problems throughout the region the morning of Jan. 31, knocking down trees and closing Route 9 between the towns of Lewis and Chesterfield.

After a day that saw record high temperatures Jan. 30, the last day of the month saw a cold front with high winds and heavy rains push through the region. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Clinton and Essex counties through 10:45 a.m. on the 31st.

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A tree fell on a car that was sitting in the driveway of a home in Lewis.

“Jay was under alert since 4:30 a.m. as a result of the National Weather Report indicating the potential for ice jamming in the Au Sable River,” Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas said. “At this time I am happy to report that the town has suffered no damage.”

At 5:30 a.m., Route 9N was closed between Route 73 in Keene and Route 86 in Jay due to flooding near Navajo Lodge in Upper Jay. The road was re-opened at 7:05 a.m. The ice jam which caused the flooding broke loose around 8:15 a.m.

“I would like to thank the Emergency Service Personnel, the DPW Department and all County and State Officials for their help and quick response this morning as we prepared for the worst,” Douglas said.

At around 9:45 a.m., the road between Lewis and Chesterfield was closed due to downed trees which were blocking the road, with some bringing down power lines making the road impassable.

Other roads that were closed due to downed power lines and trees included Moss Road in Lewis along with Bonnie View Road adn Haselton Road in Wilmington.

Property owners also saw damage from the storm. Paula Monett had her driveway blocked by trees and also had damage to a garage.

“Luckily that is all that we have found,” she said.

One house over, a fallen tree rested on the top of a pickup truck, while pieces of trees littered the roadway.

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