Officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation say Marcy Dam is still intact following Tropical Storm Irene.
But DEC Region 5 officials note that the wooden bridge that passes over the dam is gone.
A DEC official in Ray Brook told the Valley News that high waters triggered by Tropical Storm Irene swept away the bridge, located in the High Peaks Wilderness.
Meanwhile, despite warnings late last week from DEC representatives, some hikers hit the backcountry anyway.
Forest Ranger Lieutenant Brian Dubay says not all of those campers and hikers have been accounted for.
“We had a pretty good idea of the people staying in designated camping sites, but as far as the people who wanted to be way out in the wilderness themselves, we don’t have tabs on them right now,” he said.
Further downstream, onlookers described a massive logjam triggered by flood waters.
Nancy Battaglia is a photographer from Lake Placid.
“There’s one massive logjam with thousands of branches and trees and downed stuff that came downriver,” she said. “It’s right underneath the ski jumps and it is one big mess.”
DEC is recommending that outdoor enthusiasts continue to avoid backcountry trails and waters.