Floods Harm 2 New York Campgrounds
Calls for help started coming into emergency services early Wednesday (Aug. 4) as an overnight storm had wreaked havoc in northern New York state.
By 5 a.m., the Great Chazy River — typically low and slow-moving this time of year — turned into a dangerous raging rapid — overflowing and flooding streets, homes and cars near Ellensburg, WPTZ-TV, Plattsburgh, reported.
"Basically, what we're seeing is overflowing of the Great Chazy River. There are two different hamlets and both are overflowing," said Clinton County Deputy Coordinator Chris Trombley.
The town of Ellenburg and Ellenburg Depot were hit the hardest, according to NewsChannel 5's Gib Brown.
"There are roads that are washed out," said Trombley.
Two campgrounds were completely flooded out and several people had to be rescued, according to emergency services workers.
Richard Cliche, a camper, said he woke up early Wednesday while staying at the Ranch Side Park Campground in Ellenburg Depot. He said he walked outside to raging waters.
"We turned right, which is usually a little 15-foot stream with a bridge. It is now a 150-foot raging torrent," said Cliche about the Great Chazy River.
For most of the day, many residents stood in shock, trying to comprehend how their quiet neighborhood turned into a flood zone.
Three women — described as a mother and her two daughters — were staying at the campground when they were trapped by the water, clinging to a car.
Workers did rescue the three women.