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Adirondacks: In Jay, a beaver was swimming across Main Street

An abandoned, flood-damaged home is seen in the town of Jay. (Photo by Stephen Williams)
An abandoned, flood-damaged home is seen in the town of Jay. (Photo by Stephen Williams)
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When Tropical Storm Irene dumped 10 inches of rain on the thin-soiled and steep slopes of the High Peaks last Aug. 28, what happened next was inevitable. It ran downhill. Soil, trees and vegetation washed off the sides of mountains, and even tiny streams like Gulf Brook and Stiles Brook in Keene quickly surged into monster torrents. The subsequent flooding severed roads, swept away houses and even ripped a firehouse in half. The East Branch ...

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