UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The Sheriffs of Oneida, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego Counties have issued a joint advisory urging no unnecessary travel on Oneida Lake. In the announcement the sheriffs note that the water level in Oneida Lake is dangerously high and has resulted in shoreline flooding. That flooding results in “numerous types of hidden and potentially dangerous hazards in the water.”
Another concern regarding boats on Oneida Lake comes from the wake of passing boats. With water levels as high as they are, any wake can cause “significant” property damage. The sheriffs also reminded boaters that they are criminally and civilly responsible for any damage caused by the wake of their boat. Plus, the high water levels can hide hazards like shore walls, rocks and other items.
The sheriffs also warn of strong currents over the next several days, due to the high water levels. They also remind everyone to wear a personal floatation devise, or life jacket, when in, on or near the water.
The New York State Canal Corporation is also taking steps to prepare for the impact of Hurricane Henri. The Canal Corporation will lift the movable dams between Lock E-8 at Rotterdam and Lock E-15 at Fort Plain. Removing the movable dams will result in lower water levels on the Erie Canal/Mohawk River. Water levels could reach winter levels which could mean vessels could become grounded. The lifting of the dams will begin at 7:00AM Sunday.