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Torrential downpour causes flooding in Lake Placid

August 10, 2012

LAKE PLACID - A heavy downpour flooded some businesses here Thursday afternoon and resulted in at least two sinkholes, one near a construction site at 1 Main St.

The rain also caused an oil sheen to appear on Mirror Lake, according to village Mayor Craig Randall.

"It was just a sudden downfall," he said. "There were heavy flows of rain water on Main Street, and a couple of small washouts, but nothing too severe.

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Sentinel Road on Mill Hill is covered with water amid a torrential downpour Thursday afternoon.

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"It didn't create any problems for the sidewalk or the street."

Randall said at least two stores - Gap clothing store and Eastern Mountain Sports - experienced some flooding. A phone number for EMS was "temporarily unavailable" Thursday afternoon, according to a recorded message. An employee at Gap said the store was open as of 5:30 p.m.

There was also flooding at the Lake Placid Public Library, according to the mayor.

"We sent some personnel there to work with them," he said.

Kayte Billerman, who owns The Good Bite Kitchen, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant on Main Street, said "there was definitely a little bit of flooding outside the store," although no water came rushing into her building.

"It was coming up so high we closed our doors and shut the windows," Billerman said. "We couldn't really see outside because the rain was coming down sideways."

Randall described the oil sheen on Mirror Lake as a "light oil slick." He said it often happens during heavy downpours.

"Twenty-five years ago, the slick was much heavier, much thicker," Randall said. "This is just a sheen. We've been trying to find the source of that for as many years as I can remember."

Trustee Peter Holderied, who owns the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort on Main Street, said his hotel had good drainage and wasn't affected. He added that the oil sheen is bad for the lake and its odor caused two of his guests to leave.

"We have to figure out where it's coming from," Holderied said.



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