“It’s the highest water I’ve ever seen,” exclaimed longtime resident and Long Lake Marina owner Terry Folmsbee. It’s no joke. The water continues to rise and more rain is predicted in the next two days. Route 30 near Quackenbush’s Long View Lodge and Emerson Road is now flooded and DOT workers are out managing one lane of traffic.
A storm system rocking over 40 states in the US didn’t miss Long Lake, NY. Backyard streams became rivers, backyards became ponds. Docks, styrofoam, winter debris, logs, set of stairs, canoes and even a porch swing were in the path of destruction and floating down the widening of the Raquette River on Wednesday afternoon.
At 1pm on Wednesday, April 27th water was seeping across NY State Route 30 in the Deerland section and Emerson Road.
The Long Lake Town Beach has seen record high levels of water, the lifeguard stand yesterday was partially submerged and today was barely peaking out.
Water at Helms Aeroservice reached the edge of the building. Tom Helms, wearing waders, carefully navigated to his dock to move a ramp and was picking items up off the floor in the office to prevent water damage.
The Long Lake Spillway, built during the by the Civilian Conservation Corp as part of the New Deal back in the early 1930’s usually boasts a steep height of five to six feet drop to the lake. Today it is level with the lake.
Forecast tonight calls for more rain at a rate of two inches per hour. Hard to believe. The sun is out, it’s humid and best of all… NO BUGS!