The Sheriff’s Office is asking boats to drive at 5 miles-per-hour because of the high water levels on Seneca River, which it attributes to the heavy rainfall that Central New York received last week.
The faster boats go when the water is this high, the more wake they will cause, and the more potential damage that could happen to properties lining the shore.
Water has already overflowed onto land areas. Specifically park areas, and has caused puddles, and muddy grounds.
Gail Akin walks the paths around the river most days and said the overflow from the river has made her walk a difficult one.
“I’m a huge walker so the way it’s affected me is that many of the paths are flooded so you just have to circumvent those. And there seems to be more insects,” Akin said
Puddles line the walking paths and the grass areas in a Cold Springs Park.
Akin believes the water that overflowed onto the grass areas is preventing it from being cut.
“This was at one point down (under water), I mean it seems to be high now but actually much of this area was flooded and that’s why there’s no mowing,” said Akin.