Man rescued from truck in flooded motel parking lot in Lake George | Local

LAKE GEORGE – The Lake George Volunteer Fire Department rescued a man who was stuck atop his pickup truck in the flooded parking lot of the Howard Johnson Hotel on Canada Street Friday morning.

The National Weather Service had issued a flood watch for Warren and Washington counties from 1 p.m. Thursday through 7 p.m. Friday.

The Warren County Office of Emergency Services reported no further flooding in the county. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office said there were a few reports of flooded basements, but otherwise things were calm.

Drainage from the village lanes goes into the hotel parking lot, Lake George Fire Chief Brandon Combs said.

Combs said the flooding was the result of water runoff from Prospect Mountain flowing into the drainage portion of the parking lot. The drain is not able to keep up with the amount of water coming in, resulting in flooding.

The drain isn’t in a good location, Combs said.

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“That lower lot still gets flooded every year,” he said.

The man, who police said was a tourist, was stuck atop his Dodge truck in the parking lot.

Combs said the fire department deployed an Achilles inflatable rescue boat. Two members of the department used the boat to rescue the man from his truck.

The rescue was completed at 8:06 a.m. and the man suffered no injuries, police said.

The man was on the roof of his truck when firefighters arrived. Combs said no one knows how he got to his truck.

“We just know we got a call, he was on top of his truck when we arrived. We deployed our boat Achilles, two members came out, grabbed him from the top of his truck and brought him ashore,” he said.

Combs said the ground floor rooms were flooded with water. He said there was about 8 feet of water in the parking lot.

Jay Mullen is a journalist for The Post Star covering the city of Glens Falls, Warren County and crime and the courts. You can reach him at (518) 742-3224 or


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