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Old 11-01-2019, 09:30 PM   #1
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Storm Damage

Plenty of woods and trail damage/flooding and mud being reported due to yesterdays storm and today [also] wind.
Some roads are also closed and a few bridges are washed out in the back country.
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Old 11-01-2019, 09:38 PM   #2
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Old 11-01-2019, 10:43 PM   #3
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Our plans to go to hunting camp are scrapped in northern Warren County. Can't get there. Plan B, C, D....
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Old 11-02-2019, 10:22 AM   #4
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I was going to make a quick one nighter to the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness but cancelled after reading the news reports and getting the bulletin from the DEC. Hopefully I can try again in two weeks.
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Old 11-02-2019, 08:00 PM   #5
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Trying to get to Speculator from VT tomorrow. Have to go via Saratoga and Rt 10, as Rt 8 from Baker's Mills and 30 from Indian Lake are closed. Real mess. 5"+ fell on a matter of hours on Thursday night.
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Old 11-02-2019, 09:18 PM   #6
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This was from one of the Albany news channels showing the awesome community response to the disaster in Wells.

https://www.news10.com/video/first-r...torms/4066384/
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:21 PM   #7
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Was in Erie PA last night for a show and went through Presque Isle Park today. Lots of trees torn off at the trunk and water everywhere yet the duck hunters were in their blinds.
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:42 PM   #8
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I was going to make a quick one nighter to the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness but cancelled after reading the news reports and getting the bulletin from the DEC. Hopefully I can try again in two weeks.
Just a heads up to folks thinking of heading that way in the near term: There's no access to Crane Pond Road at the moment, Alder Meadow Rd is flooded, Adirondack Rd is washed out. I've also heard Crane Pond Rd is closed, though I'm not sure where or why.

Pharaoh Rd is accessible, but I can only imagine the state the bridge/boardwalk over Mill Brook will be in. There's no access to the Berrymill Pond trailhead from the west, because Rt 8 is closed in Horicon. Coming from the east, there are numerous washouts along Rt 8 and West Hague Rd.

Trailheads on 74 and Putnam Pond are accessible, but given the damage to front country infrastructure, I can only imagine the state of the back country.
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:47 AM   #9
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Roads and rivers are under control now up here in Keene.

Just got power back a few minutes ago, after 48 hour (!) outage.

Have not been in the backcountry, but I would expect some washouts and blowdown.
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Old 11-03-2019, 01:48 PM   #10
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Roads and rivers are under control now up here in Keene.

Just got power back a few minutes ago, after 48 hour (!) outage.

Have not been in the backcountry, but I would expect some washouts and blowdown.
Just got mine back as well. We've been without power since Thursday night. I was beginning to feel like I was camping, just in a nicer tent than I'm used to.
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Old 11-03-2019, 04:33 PM   #11
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After at least 4 inches of rain and very strong winds, when I arrived to check out my camp on Friday north of Forestport, I wondered why my sump pumps were not working well. I thought one had failed and another was just not working well at all. On my way to buy a new pump A neighbor passing by told me that we were having a brown out with our power, not more than 70 volts available and to not run any motors. I unplugged my pumps and thankfully did not power up my fridge or anything else. I measured 77 volts at an outlet. So I hooked up my generator and ran it all afternoon and night, burning 8 gallons of expensive no-E fuel to keep more water from flowing up into the basement. In the morning the neighbor told me that the power came back up at 10:00 the night before. I had no way of knowing that, since I have to disconnect the company power to run my generator.
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:26 PM   #12
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Spent the day at our camp on Sacandaga in Speculator. Water almost as high as the spring flood of 2011. Outlet between lakes went backwards yesterday, so water higher than the day before. Flowing the right way now. Waves are the issue as our place is getting hit, though not damaged, yet.

Lots of evidence of washouts and downed trees. National Grid trucks all over the place. Rt 30 and 8 still closed. Work-around via 10 was impossible- signage once you get near G-Ville is terrible. Ended up taking a scenic but longer than anticipated route back.
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Old 11-05-2019, 04:33 PM   #13
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Just got back from checking out the cabin in the Wells area.

Rt. 30 was open to Wells, no worries. NY511 shows it good to Speculator, but Rt. 8 closed between Wells and Johnsburg. Rt. 30 closed between Speculator and Indian Lake.

Some sides roads were washed out at the culverts and some were closed because of it. In Wells, Gilmantown Rd. had "Road Closed" signs posted just past the DOT garage. County Rd. #5 at the Lake Algonquin Dam was washed out and the bridge across the Sacandaga River was closed.

There were a lot of heavy dump trucks flying down Rt. 30 (and other roads I imagine). Be aware.

Most of the damage we saw was washed out culverts.
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Screen photo shared from facebook of some damage along the Powley-Piseco Road:

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Old 11-05-2019, 10:13 PM   #15
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Just got back from checking out the cabin in the Wells. Rt. 30 was open to Wells, no worries.
Any word on Benson Road?
Iím hoping to check up on my camp this weekend also.
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Old 11-05-2019, 10:28 PM   #16
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The list of closed roads is pretty extensive. Just a sampling:

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Boreas Ponds Tract (Town of North Hudson)

Gulf Brook Road is closed due to culvert damage and washout.

Crotched Pond (Indian Lake)

Extensive damage to roads and infrastructure.

Speculator Tree Farm and Perkins Clearing Conservation Easements

Extensive damage to roads and infrastructure. Closed to the public until further notice.

West Canada Lakes Wilderness

Due to road closures in the Perkins Clearing Easement, West Canada Lake Wilderness is inaccessible from the Pillsbury Mountain Parking Area and the Spruce Lake Parking Lot.
Due to the closure of the Indian River Road at the Otter Brook Bridge the unit is also inaccessible from the northern trailhead within Moose River Plains Wild Forest's Brook Trout Lake Parking Area.
Those seeking to access the unit from Sucker Brook Trail from Indian Lake/Route 30 should be advised that the Sucker Brook Trail is unmaintained beyond the Height of Ground or approximately 4.4 miles in.
The Northville Placid Trail trailhead on Haskell Road in Piseco is open. However, please be advised that an assessment of backcountry facility damage has yet to be conducted. Given the level of damage on the periphery of the unit it is likely backcountry facilities (notably stream crossings) will be impacted

Ferris Lake Wild Forest (Towns of Stratford & Arietta)

Powley Piseco Road has severe wash outs on either end and is closed for the foreseeable future.
Edick Road is closed.

Silver Lake Wilderness (Town of Wells)

West River Road is closed until further notice due to flooding and washouts.

Moose River Plains Wild Forest (Town of Inlet)

Otter Brook road is closed at the gate at Otter Brook. Severe washout beyond the gate.
Full list here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7865.html
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Old 11-05-2019, 11:07 PM   #17
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Thanks for the info. Is it possible to get to Long Lake?
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:16 AM   #18
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Wow! That Powley Rd is going to take some serious fixing which = $$
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:44 AM   #19
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Any word on Benson Road?
Iím hoping to check up on my camp this weekend also.
Our neighbors are election judges in Benson and had to get a police escort on Monday night to bring the voting machine to the town hall. When I spoke with them yesterday, they said it was good to go...at least to the town hall.

I saw another blog where they hiked Pinnacle over the weekend and the town road was in great shape. https://hikingnyadirondacks.blogspot.com/

Not sure how the road is to your camp. Probably OK.
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Thanks for the info. Is it possible to get to Long Lake?
From NCreek via IL, I think it's open. Worth calling sheriff office though.
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