ELIZABETHTOWN-It started out as rain, or there could have been even more wet, heavy snow to dig out.
However, the rain that fell in the morning hours of Sunday, March 6, did not help matters, as rivers overran their banks, snow piled up on top of slushy roadways and many roads in the region became impassable during the biggest snowstorm of the season and the third largest recorded, according to reports.
The first official State of Emergency related to the storm happened in Jay, where the Au Sable River ran over its banks due to the heavy rain and snow, leading to ice jams.
A number of homes were evacuated around 6 p.m. on March 6, as rising waters threatened homes and electrical supplies in the area.
The town of Jay Community Center, in conjunction with the American Red Cross and the Au Sable Forks Fire Department, opened its doors as an emergency shelter for several families who were displaced by the flooding. Some remained for two days, while others were able to find shelter with family.
The town also held an informative meeting with residents to help learn about the extensiveness of the damage and to provide those in need with information to find help.
The town and Red Cross also provided those displaced with referral lists of resources, client services, personal hygiene kits and clean-up kits.
As the storm persisted through the night, dumping as much as 30-inches of snow in places, both Clinton and Essex Counties declared states of emergency, as work continued throughout the next three days to clear the roads and the massive piles of snow created by the clearing.