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‘Halloween storm’ hits region hard with heavy rain, winds

November 7, 2019
By GRIFFIN KELLY - For the News ( , Lake Placid News

Heavy rain and winds and flooding slammed the North Country on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, and a few Adirondack communities were still picking up the pieces earlier this week.

The "Halloween Storm," as it's being called, hit the region hard. Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared states of emergencies in 11 northern New York counties, including Essex County, and local fire departments, emergency services and power companies worked around the clock to keep things under control.

One person died during the storm - 82-year-old priest Father Tom Connery died in a flash flood in Herkimer County.

Article Photos

Flooding is seen on the Beede Road in Keene Valley, as seen on Friday, Nov. 1.
(Provided photo — Naj Wikoff)

Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish said the southern end of the county experienced the most damage. He said towns such as North Hudson, Schroon, Ticonderoga and Port Henry still had trees coming down and many homes experiencing outages and floods as of Sunday evening.

"We had 56 roads closed the first day, but now we're down to 21," he said in a phone interview Sunday. "We recently opened Route 9N south of the North Hudson Town Hall, but we've still got some wires lying in the road, so people need to be careful. I've also seen a lot of basement pump outs today."

As for power outages in the county, the New York State Gas and Electric Corporation reported there were still 258 customers affected by 5 p.m. Sunday. NYSEG serves nearly 9,900 customers in Essex County. Keene still had the most outages with 67. Essex County's other power provider, National Grid, had more outages with 705 of its 12,420 customers affected, according to the company's online outage list.

In Franklin County, 471 of National Grid's 19,409 customers were experiencing outages Sunday afternoon, including homes in Saranac Lake, Bloomingdale, Vermontville and Tupper Lake.

AT&T cellphone service was still down in Saranac Lake early Sunday evening.

In Lake Placid, village Mayor Craig Randall said the storm kept volunteer firefighters and electric department workers busy on Friday but the village didn't suffer any severe damage.

"Ruisseaumont Way was full of trees and some of the customers on River Road didn't get power back till Friday night," Randall said. "For Lake Placid, it was not too bad. We fared pretty well."

In Keene, the stretch of state Route 73 that runs by Marcy Field was in better condition compared to Friday when flooding undermined a part of the road. State DOT crews were out Monday fixing damage along state Route 73 bordering the field. Part of Marcy Field had turned into a small pond because of all the water.

A few homeowners in Keene were pumping out their flooded basements.



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