Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Rangers help out during Winter Storm Gail

In anticipation of Winter Storm Gail, Forest Rangers, along with other DEC staff, were deployed to various staging areas across the state to assist with the State’s response. Forest Rangers were assigned to Dutchess County and Oneonta on Dec. 16, and to the High Peaks rest area, Warrensburg, Saratoga, Northville, and Lowville on Dec. 17. Resources were moved as needed due to the changing track of the storm, including providing coverage to the Capital Region and I-81 corridor north of Binghamton. Following the closure of the highway, two crews patrolled and performed welfare checks on stranded motorists and helped shovel out tractor trailers and other vehicles.

Forest Rangers help during winter storm Gail

High Peaks:
DEC Reminds Hikers to Secure Vehicles and Stow Valuables: A series of vehicle break-ins occurred last weekend at trailheads parking areas along Route 73 in the High Peaks region. DEC and State Police are investigating. Trailhead parking lots are not monitored, and parking is at the user’s own risk. Remember to lock vehicles before leaving trailheads. To minimize risk, do not leave valuable items in your vehicle. If you must bring them, store them out of sight to avoid attracting attention. If that is not possible, store valuables out of sight. If hikers experience a break-in, report the incident to State Police by calling 518-873-2750.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NY and Adirondack Backcountry Information webpage for more information.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

3 Responses

  1. Vanessa says:

    Two thoughts: everyone be safe out there overnight and into Xmas, because the wind and rain are going to be unseasonably bad!!

    Also that’s really really lame re break ins on 73. Especially because it would have been known people leave their cars there a long time. Yeah, never leave your cellphone on the dash or front seat. Also unfortunately older cars, especially sedans are more susceptible. In college my friends 92 Corolla (it was old at the time – we weren’t in college in 92) was broken into for like a 10 dollar iPod. However, I don’t typically see old sedans parked at trailheads. Really curious what specifically happened…

  2. AG Gabriels says:

    What is a gail? The research indicates a feminine name or abbreviation for Abigail.

    • Eric says:

      Gail is the name of the storm , naming the storms makes them seem more dramatic and gives them personality. Helps keep you checking back for updates and commercial breaks .
      “WINTER STORM GAIL” , not to be confused with winter storm gale .

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