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Issues with water in the Finger Lakes have always existed

The flooding on Lake Ontario and the losses suffered by residents in both New York state and Canada made me think about various stories I have heard about flooding on Seneca Lake. After the flash flood in Lodi last year, I think most of us realize that water is an extremely powerful force and many times man has no control over it.

On Aug. 14, 2018 residents around Seneca Lake and most of the Finger Lakes area awoke to hear news of terrible flash flooding that occurred in the area of Lower Lake Road in Lodi. A drenching rain had filled people’s homes with water, washed belongings, buildings and even cars into Seneca Lake. The counties of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, Steuben and Monroe all suffered flooding and were among those placed under a state of emergency.

Depending on where the rain was measured, between 5 and almost 9 inches of rain fell and Seneca Lake’s water level rose by 8 inches in a very short time. I won’t go over the damages and problems that ensued, but this was not the first time nor will it be the last that sudden unexpected flooding caused problems for lakeshore dwellers.

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