OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Oswego County is under a state of emergency as of Tuesday. Water levels continue to creep up and emergency management crews are sending warnings to neighbors.
NewsChannel9’s Julia LeBlanc caught up with boaters along the shoreline. Fishermen and boaters like Ed Kahler said with the rising water levels, the ride hasn’t been as smooth.
“A lot of debris is in the rivers. Rivers are really high, along the shoreline, a lot of erosion, there are some big trees that have been turned over from the waves,” Kahler said.
Kahler said they built risers on the docks back in 2017 and each day, the water levels get closer and closer to the way they were two years ago.
“This is not fast, it’s not furious. Unfortunately, it’s very quiet, it’s very insidious, and it just keeps creeping up,” said Dale Currier, Director of Oswego County Emergency Management.
The state of emergency includes a “No Wake Zone” for boaters like Kahler. Boats have to remain at idle speed when they’re within 1,000 feet of the shoreline. If they don’t, Dale Currier said it creates bigger waves that could cause erosion and damage to other boats.
Currier said the state of emergency is coming before Memorial Day weekend when he expects a lot of people to be on the water. And while it doesn’t really hurt Kahler’s business, he worries about those getting hit along the shoreline time and time again.
“People have to keep going through this every year. the insurance companies eventually are going to catch up to them. Something has to be done,” Kahler said.
Local state and federal workers are working around the clock to keep up with the water. Currier said the state of emergency will be in effect at minimum until the end of the month. He said anyone who ignores the “No Wake” order could get stopped by marine law enforcement and they could be fined.
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