Damage to Hurricane Mountain Lane in Elizabethtown.
Heavy rainfalls and rising rivers led to road closures all over Essex County Friday, June 28.
Elizabethtown Supervisor, Margaret Bartley, wrote in an email that the worst damage from the storm occurred on Hurricane Mountain Lane. Almost two miles of road, from the Caulkin/Lord Cemetery to the hiking trailhead for Hurricane Mountain was washed out by water that overflowed the ditches and culverts. Damage extended beyond the limits of the town road onto a private road that serves two homes.
“The damage that water can do is often hard to comprehend,” she said. “There are no sizable streams or brooks along the Hurricane Mountain Lane, but water running off the mountain did damage so severe that families living near the end of the road, were still unable to get out on Sunday night.”
The town highway workers were in contact with these families and a friend with a four-wheeler brought them groceries Bartley wrote.
The Town Highway department worked 12 hours on Saturday and part of Sunday bringing in over 100 dump truck loads of rock and fill dirt to create an emergency road that would allow a car to get in and out Bartley wrote. Neighboring town highway departments and a private hauler also provided help Bartley wrote.
On July 1, a Town and County Disaster Assessment team visited all damaged sites to estimate the cost of repair. Information about damage and approximate cost to private property by this storm should be forwarded to the Town Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible to be sent to Albany and Washington.
Bartley wrote these numbers will determine whether the Town and County will receive any financial aid to help with the cost of the repairs.
On June 28, Route 9 near New Russia was closed as well as River Street in downtown Elizabethtown.
The Boquet River’s shoreline reached the edge of Route 9 by 10 a.m., causing state highway workers to close the road to anyone but local traffic. Along the same route, the entryway to Otis Lane was submerged under a foot of water for several hours.
“People have been coming in and telling me how the flooding has reminded them of Irene and other storms,” said Postmistress at the New Russia Post Office Sandy Denton.
In Elizabethtown, the Branch was smashing into the bridge’s bottom on Water Street.
River street resident Carla Whitney said she had already left her home after watching water surround her car and fill the basement of her apartment building.
“The water was coming up around my car, I called up my landlord and he told me I should get out of the house, by the time I hung up the phone the water was getting higher around my car,” said Whitney. “If you walk across the bridges you can feel it. It wasn’t nearly this bad last night but already I can see it’s not as high as it was.”
Charmain Fenoff said the basement of her salon, Charms Hands Spa-Salon was flooded at 10 a.m.
The rain subsided and the river dropped several feet by the afternoon allowing roadways to reopen.