Long Lake Recedes, but Rain Predicted

May 3, 2011

Water near Helms Aero Service on May 3

The water level in Long Lake has dropped over two feet since the flooding reached its peak level on Friday, but the weather forecast looks grim with rain predicted for the next several days.

Town Supervisor Clark Seaman met with Highway Superintendent Chip Farr and Hamilton County Foreman John Walker to discuss the current conditions of the area around Long Lake. Over the weekend a portion of Sabattis Road washed out, but was quickly assessed and repaired by the Hamilton County Road Crew. Foreman Walker continues to monitor the water level at Forked Lake, South Pond Inlet and other creeks along Northpoint Road/County Route 3.

Long Lake Roads including Endion Road have fully re-opened to local traffic and Emerson Road is no longer needed as a detour for passenger vehicles on route 30. NYS Route 30 re-opened to truck traffic on Sunday over the Long Lake Bridge and through the Deerland section of the road early Monday.

Several camps owners on the boat accessible-only section at the North End of Long Lake reported waters inside their summer homes, which at the height of flooding reached over a foot of water, had finally cleared out on Monday afternoon. Many families who own property along the lake arrived on scene over the weekend to assess the damage and begin clean up.

Lifeguard Stand Emerges from hiding

Estimates for property damage are being collected and calculated for many businesses and homes in the area including the Adirondack Hotel which has shut down temporarily, but a sign in the front says “Closed, Reopening Soon.”

Predictions from weather.com has Hamilton County with a Flood Watch alert with a 90% chance of rain tonight, May 3 with rainfall possibly over one inch. Wednesday, May 4th, rainfall is predicted at a half an inch and Thursday weather.com reports possible snow showers.

While the ground is saturated with water, much of the snow pack has dissipated and most are hopeful with the two to three feet drop already of the lake level that it won’t return to the highest level we saw on Friday.

It’s a watch, wait and see. To the north Tupper Lake has extended its State of Emergency for an additional five days.

More pictures tomorrow.