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Flooding occurred as the West Branch of the Ausable rose more than six feet due to an ice jam. Photo: Larry Master
Flooding occurred as the West Branch of the Ausable rose more than six feet due to an ice jam. Photo: Larry Master

Clinton, Essex, Franklin brushed by ice storm

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The weekend ice storm struck only a glancing blow in the eastern part of our listening area, including Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties, as well as Quebec. Emergency alerts and travel bans were imposed as freezing rain hit on Sunday, but the area avoided serious accumulations of ice and saw few power outages.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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Lynn Gilbert is executive director of the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross based in Plattsburgh.  She says ice-jam flooding on the Ausable River did force some evacuations.

"We did have a few clients who were displaced in Jay and a couple of the surrounding areas.  We were able to offer housing and food for those clients on an individual basis," she said.

Gilbert says the Red Cross had prepared to open emergency shelters ahead of the weekend storm — but found that aid was unnecessary in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties.

"We've been bringing people and resources to open up to nine shelters, but it looks like we may have made it through without having to do that, so we have our fingers crossed."

The storm did disrupt holiday travel on Sunday, with a travel ban in effect through much of the day.  Numerous flights were canceled at Plattsburgh airport on Saturday and Sunday.

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