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Storm spares Irene-scathed towns of Keene, Jay

Misses Wilmington, too

July 18, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

A major thunderstorm that knocked out power in the Tri-Lakes and damaged municipal property in Lake Placid didn't cause much damage in communities that are still cleaning up from last year's Tropical Storm Irene.

Local officials were nervous, though, since Irene caused millions of dollars' worth of damage on Aug. 28, 2011.

"I was driving the roads all night," said Chris Garrow, superintendent of the town of Jay's Department of Public Works. "But it went well."

Garrow said the hamlets of AuSable Forks, Jay and Upper Jay "fared pretty well.

"We had some trees down, but that was it," he said. "We had debris in the roads and some heavy rain."

Garrow said the AuSable River was already so low that the rain "didn't make a difference at all."

Keene town Supervisor Bill Ferebee said he breathed a sigh of relief, too.

"We had number of trees across the roads last night," he said. "There was a little washout here and there. Overall, we did pretty well.

"I was a little worried, though."

Ferebee said power in his town flickered on and off a couple of times, and Hulls Falls Road was closed briefly due to downed trees.

Wilmington town Supervisor Randy Preston said the storm knocked down a few tree limbs, but that was it.

"It missed us," he said.



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