In your March 12, 2009 issue Vol. 111 - Issue 11, page 16 article “Nowhere to flow” and associated pictures...
I sincerely appreciate The Mercury’s interest in Canadarago Lake with the pictures and concern. I happen to live on Elm Street Extension and go by the home, garage and boat in the picture every day. The road was not impassable as reported and the water was not high lake water but high swamp water. The water was actually flowing over the road to the lake, not the other way around!
The article mentioned that the “combined efforts by local government and the Canadarago Lake Improvement Association ... to resolve this (flooding) reoccurring problem...has failed, leaving residents wondering what is going to happen come spring thaw.”
The truth is that over the past three years hundreds of volunteer man and women hours have been spent clearing Oaks Creek of years of fallen trees, debris and other “stuff.”
The by product of this effort is GOOD NEWS! Even though the lake water is high, as one would expect with the snow pack that we experienced this winter and the heavy rains we had last week, these efforts to clean the outlet has certainly paid off.
There has been no serious flooding creating property damage, the lake is falling quickly and the spring thaw has already occurred! Things are not perfect yet, but they have certainly improved!
President, Board of Directors
Canadarago Lake Improvement Association
Editor’s note: According to the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, they are the lead agencey for the lake and the ongoing study will take some time before it is completed. To date, the dam is not fixed, and Oak’s Creek is not dredged .
These photographs were taken last week when the National Weather Service had issued flood warnings for the area.