Northern New York Hit by Severe Flooding, Road Washouts

April 28, 2011

Dozens of roads are closed in northern New York after severe storms dumped more than 2 1/2 inches of rain, causing extensive flooding and washing out at least one bridge.

Local media report that heavy rain late Tuesday and early Wednesday caused flooding that has closed nearly 60 roads across the Adirondacks.

Andy Nash, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vt., says 1.5 inches to 2.7 inches fell across a three-county region in New York’s northeast corner. Officials say the hardest-hit sections are in the Lake Placid area in Essex County.

Emergency officials say a woman narrowly escaped being swept away when a bridge over a stream in Moriah washed out, leaving her vehicle dangling over the edge of a chasm.

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