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Lightning strike damages asphalt plant

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

SARANAC LAKE - A lightning strike from Tuesday's string of thunderstorms damaged one of the asphalt mixing plants at Graymont's Saranac Lake quarry.

"It took out a load cell on asphalt plant 3," plant Manager Jim Braley said Wednesday morning. "It's a weighing cell for the scales. It burned it up, fried it."

Braley said repairs to the plant should be complete sometime this afternoon. He said the plant was going to be used today to make asphalt for a paving project for the town of Harrietstown, but that had to be postponed.

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A ready-mix concrete delivery truck at Graymont’s Saranac Lake quarry sits under this large white pine tree, which was toppled by high winds from Tuesday’s storms.
(Photo courtesy of Graymont)

There was no storm damage to a second plant that's making asphalt for the state Route 86 paving project between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, Braley said.

However, he said heavy rain from the storm caused several washouts on the road that leads to the quarry, and a large white pine tree fell on a ready-mix concrete delivery truck that was parked at the plant's shop.

"We haven't been able to remove the tree yet, so we don't know the extent of the damage," Braley said.

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