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Debris stuck in Oneida Lake after ice jam

The flood of ice that swept through Sylvan Beach last Friday picked up some large items that are now stuck in the middle of Oneida Lake. Lakefront property owners can see a dock, grills, cabanas and all sorts of debris frozen about 100 yards offshore.
SYLVAN BEACH, NY - The flood of ice that swept through Sylvan Beach last Friday picked up some large items that are now stuck in the middle of Oneida Lake.
 
Lakefront property owners can see a dock, grills, cabanas and all sorts of debris frozen about 100 yards offshore.

According to Sylvan Beach officials, that debris is expected to sit out there until the ice thaws in the spring.

On Friday, an ice jam led to a flood of water down streets like Marina Drive.

“We were just in awe at everything we saw running down the lake,” said homeowner Teri Knight.

As the water receded, it pulled all sorts of items with it onto a frozen Oneida Lake.

“It just seemed like a woosh or a roar. It sounded like maybe a helicopter or something or maybe a train, like a train was running through our front yard,” said Knight.

As temperatures plummeted that night, the debris froze in place.

Knight and her neighbors are worried about what will be left behind when the lake thaws and whether those items will sink to the bottom or end up on their beach.

“Anything that comes up on our property we're responsible for, so we take care of that but it can be pretty awesome or quite a chore to clean it up every year,” said Knight.

According to Sylvan Beach officials, the village will be responsible for all debris that flows down to the barge canal or on public beach areas, while the Town of Verona will be responsible for cleaning up Verona Beach.
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