Friday, April 29, 2011

04.29.11 Weather is wreaking havoc south to north

Photo Brian Mann/North Country Public Radio

     Yesterday I got a call from sister telling me I better make some calls to Ausable Forks where the lodge and future fly shop are located. We're on the banks of the West Branch of the Ausable River and right now the guage is 4 feet above flood stage and the entire Lake Placid area is having issues. In Saranac Lake, workers have opened the dam at Lake Flower amidst that the dam may fail. Several roads and bridges in Moriah and Jay are shut because they have collapsed after being undermined. The photo above shows a house in Keesville, which is the town below Ausable Forks, after the surging Ausable River rose. 
   It's not that bad in the Catskills where there hasn't ben any reports of flooding, but all of the rivers continue to rise. This morning the West Branch at Hale Eddy is over 7,000 cfs, down from yesterday 10,000 plus. This weekend is supposed to be great, but more rain is coming early next week.
     I'm off to Hancock and the One Bug. Hopefully the weekend will go great for all those involved.