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AuSable River crests without flooding

May 27, 2013
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

The rain-swollen AuSable River crested Saturday night but caused no flooding problems in the town of Jay, supervisor Randy Douglas said Sunday night.

"Looks like we dodged a bullet this time, and we're very happy about it," Douglas said.

Douglas, chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, had convened an emergency meeting Saturday afternoon to create a plan of action should the river rise above flood levels. Representatives of the fire departments in AuSable Forks, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene and Keene Valley were on hand, along with local ambulance personnel, elected officials from Jay, Keene and Black Brook, and Essex and Clinton county emergency services officials, among others.

"We wanted to make sure how and where we were going to react in the event of possible evacuations and opening shelters and those sorts of things," Douglas said. "We were very fortunate we didn't have to do any of that."

Douglas said the river reached its highest point around 11 p.m. Saturday night and didn't cause any problems.

"All our culverts were fine, no road washouts, nothing," he said. "The river's started to recede, and we're very thankful."

Douglas said the only weather-related incident he heard of in Essex County was a small mudslide Saturday in the town of Keene. He said he didn't know exactly where it happened but said it was in a different location from the slow-moving Adrian's Acres landslide that started in the spring of 2011 and continued moving downhill, damaging several homes over a period of several months.


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