Cleanup begins for hazardous logs filling Oneida Lake after storms

TOWN OF LENOX (WSYR-TV) - Lyn Mooney's backyard sits on the shore of Oneida Lake. He's lived in the town his whole life where he often spends his summer boating, but large logs recently filled the water during a 4th of July storm. 

"I couldn't believe it!," Mooney said. "I was watching large trees come down the crick at an unbelievable rate of speed."

As many as three dozen are now in the lake. Crews began work on Monday morning to start removing them. 

Lenox's town supervisor John Pinard says safety is the biggest motivator to get this job done. He says the logs are not easy for boaters to see and could potentially have tragic consequences. 

"Boaters can get killed that way," Pinard said. 

But removing logs weighing hundreds of pounds is no easy task, involving workers from from both Lenox and Verona. Plus, Oneida and Madison county and the DEC.

"In this day and age of political entities not seeming to get along, these people they're amazing," Mooney said. "They seem to just work together and make things happen." 

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