WILSON, N.Y. (WKBW) - People in Wilson are already being hurt by the high water levels on Lake Ontario. The Wilson Harbor is now mostly unusable because docks, slips, walkways and electrical equipment are under water.
It is not our intent to write about the situation in any great detail so we'll summarize including a few pictures I took in early June.
The two areas most impacted were erosion of the embankments of the lakefront property during stormy weather. And as you might expect if ones home is close to the edge that could spell trouble. The second area of impact was the low lying areas such as Wilson Harbor.
The yacht clubs and residences that have floating docks were somewhat lucky. Still water rose above the bulkheads. One yacht club that had no floating docks, closed for the season! Homes on Sunset Island got hit from both sides, lake and harbor.
The fundamental reason for this havoc was; 1) above average rainy winter and 2) The purposeful slow evacuation of the lake’s water down the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic to prevent flooding in Montreal.
It's easy to over look the fact that water from Lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan and Erie all flows down Niagara Falls into Lake Ontario and out the St. Lawrence.
If you want to know more, Google Wilson NY Flooding
Harbor facing Sunset Island. Submerger docks of Wilson Yacht Club - closed for season.
Moyers Marina adjacent to Sunset Grill. Mike Moyer, whose family has owned the property on the Wilson Harbor since the 1920's, said he is losing money everyday for the use of his 45 slips. He is also worried the rising water could reach a house on the marina property where his 96-year-old mother still lives.
Shops adjacent to Boat House restaurant.
Bluff erosion - Photo Buffalo News