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More flooding damage in Wilmington, Jay

June 1, 2011
By NATHAN BROWN - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Flash flooding due to heavy rains over the weekend led to hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional damage to roads in Wilmington and Jay.

Four roads are still closed in Wilmington, Supervisor Randy Preston said Tuesday, after flash flooding that started at 5 p.m. Friday. A fifth, Hardy Road, is open, but its culvert system was damaged. A 2-mile stretch of state Route 86 was closed Friday, Preston said, but it was opened by daybreak Saturday.

Eight roads were washed out in the town of Jay over the weekend, said Supervisor Randy Douglas. He said he has received numerous calls from constituents whose basement flooded. The basement of his own home flooded, he said, and water is entering one home on Stickney Bridge Road due to a plugged culvert.

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The side of the road on Averyville Lane was damaged by heavy rain a few days ago.
(Enterprise photo — Nathan Brown)

"Everybody's been affected," Douglas said. "People that haven't had water in their living facilities ever are being affected."

"Every single state, county and town road in the town of Wilmington was damaged," Preston said.

There was an additional $300,000 worth of damage to Wilmington town roads and $200,000 worth to Jay town roads, on top of the damage a month ago, when the region was hit by flooding that caused millions of dollars in damage. This additional $500,000 doesn't count damage to county and state roads, estimates for which aren't in yet.

All four county roads in Wilmington - Springfield, Fox Farm, Bonnie View and Haselton - were damaged Friday, said county Department of Public Works Superintendent Tony LaVigne.

"The ground is just so saturated it's not taking water anymore," LaVigne said. "Every drop of rain goes into a ditch."

LaVigne said he hopes sunny weather this week will reduce water levels.

Lenny Preston Road, Quaker Mountain Road, Perkins and Little Tor roads in Wilmington are still closed.

Heavy rains over the weekend also severely eroded the sides of Averyville Lane, said North Elba Town Supervisor Roby Politi.



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