By Isis Young SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – Lake Ontario is dangerously flooding to a point where it could set a new record any day now. Just yesterday, the lake level was 1.2 inches shy of the record set in 2017 according to International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board.
The flooding continues to be a hazard to the docks and boats that frequently use Lake Ontario. In Oswego, the marina has been a huge help providing new docks to the fisherman says one Central New York resident.
“They have done a great job taking care of us. What they did was they had to raise the level,” said Captain Ernie Lantiegne of Fish Doctor Charters. “They had to put a dock on top of a dock so that we could access our boats. Otherwise, you couldn’t tie the boats up here.”
Recently, the rain falls have been a constant contributor to the water levels, but Captain Lantiegne says rain is not the only major factor contributing to the flooding.
“The problem is when you get heavy winds from the west, it will raise the water level as much as 3 feet. And it will rise and it will fall because of the wind,” said Captain Lantiegne.
Though several customers have expressed concern about high water levels, business for the fish charters has remained normal, if not increased says Captain Lantiegne.
He is simply hoping CNY can be free of any strong storms or heavy rains to allow Lake Ontario to crest in the next few months. Otherwise, more docks may need to be built in the near future.