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No flooding for now, despite rain and snowmelt

March 8, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

With memories of last year's spring and fall flooding still fresh, officials are keeping a close eye on area waterways. So far, there's no flooding.

On Thursday, temperatures crested above 50 degrees Fahrenheit for the second day in a row, and rain fell in scattered showers throughout the day. Chris Garrow, superintendent of the town of Jay Department of Public Works, told the Enterprise that everything looks OK in and around AuSable Forks.

"The snow seems to be melting slowly," he said Thursday, "and there have been no heavy rains yet."

"We've been checking the river every day, night and day," Garrow added.

Garrow said that if anything looks risky or out of the ordinary, his crews want to be right on top of it.

"But so far, so good," he said.

Keene town Supervisor Bill Ferebee, who just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., with a group of Essex County officials, said water levels in tributaries of the AuSable River are "up a touch.

"There are two ways I guess we could look at this," Ferebee said. "For one, it's a godsend that we don't have a large amount of runoff. But on the other hand, it's not giving us an indication of what could happen. I think we needed to see a moderate winter and moderate runoff to set a precedent. We'll have to wait another year to see what the high water could do to us again."

Ferebee said his main concern is debris that remains from Tropical Storm Irene, Aug. 28, getting loose and causing damage downstream. He said he's still pushing state and federal officials to provide assistance to have the debris removed.

Jay town Supervisor Randy Douglas said he's not too concerned about flooding this year.

"I think we're going to be fine," he said. "We don't have the same snowmelt. I think it's going to miss us this spring - hopefully - and rightfully so. We deserve a break.

"But if something happens, we have a top-notch group of emergency personnel, volunteers and town employees," Douglas added. "We'll be ready."


Contact Chris Morris at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or



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