The town of Upper Jay, New York sits 837 feet above sea level, at the foot of the Adirondack mountains, and six hours’ drive from the coast. They were not expecting Irene. Late Sunday night, torrential rain cascaded down the mountains, swelling the Ausable river, which floods at seven feet, to an astonishing 18-foot level, and overflowing into the town. Marc Gavin, owner of The Bookstore Plus in nearby Lake Placid, said, “We have friends who live in Upper Jay. Some people were given only three minutes’ warning to evacuate.” Read More
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