Fair Point Customers,
By now you all have seen and read about the extraordinary flooding on the shores of Lake Ontario. The water level on the lake is now at its highest level since record-keeping started in 1860. Unfortunately, Lake Ontario is predicted to rise for several more weeks before it starts coming down. The Army Corps of Engineers is predicting the water level will rise 4 inches between now and June 12th (http://www.lre.usace.arm
All things considered and in comparison to many other shoreline properties, we are in reasonably good shape. Our operations, however, have been impacted in a number of areas:
Boat Slips. The good news is that most of our docks are floating, not fixed-pier docks, so A, B, C and D dock are open and above water. We are dealing with a number of issues though. The gangways are now sloping in the wrong direction as the landing on the dock end is higher than the shoreline. The docks are still accessible but the gangways move around more and are at odd angles to the dock and shoreline – be sure you exercise care using the ramps. Another challenge for us has been electrical service to the docks. The main electrical feed is located over near the east side of the barn. We had to disconnect the box last week due to rising water levels. Schyler was able to pull power from the wharf to power up A dock and the west side of the property including the office, your favorite webcam and the clubhouse (including the hot water heater). He is investigating our options for restoring power to the other docks. Schyler also noticed a week ago or so that a number of the spuds which anchor the floating docks were at risk of slipping down through the brackets due to the high water. As a precautionary measure, Schyler purchased and installed the steel spuds on A and B with longer, stronger ones. He completed this work over this past weekend.
The wharf slips are are still above water, but just barely. There isn’t enough side board for fendering boats so these slips are closed for the time being. Any wharf customers wishing to launch in the coming weeks will be placed at other slips temporarily. Schyler has come up with a possible solution to raise the height of the wharf slips and the side boards. We’ll see how the next few weeks go before deciding on whether to proceed with the construction of these improvements.
Boat Storage Areas. Most of the boat storage areas are now under a few inches of water. You can still get to your boat and prepare it for launch but we suggest you bring some tall rubber boots or waders! The use of electrical extension cords is prohibited of course until the flooding recedes. If you need power to work on your boat, please discuss your needs with Schyler to see what arrangements can be made.
Launch Well. The launch well is open. Schyler has already launched several boats but he is waiting for your launch requests. As of today, the launch schedule is completely open. If your boat is ready or close to being ready for launch, please email Schyler (email@example.com) to let him know. We would like to get as many boats in the water now so as to prevent a logjam of launch requests in late May and early June.
RV Sites. All of the RV sites are currently above water. Unfortunately we had to cut power to the bayside RV sites earlier this week due to the rising water level at the electrical box mentioned above. Schyler is working with RG&E and our electrical contractor to determine how to restore power as soon as possible. We will give bayside RV customers an update on this situation in the coming days. We also cannot rule out the possibility that one or more of the bayside RV sites will be flooded at some point. Water is starting to pool in the nearby boat storage areas so we will have to see how this plays out in the coming days and weeks.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this extraordinary situation. We know we will get though this and life at Fair Point will return to normal before we know it.
Let us know if you have questions or concerns. We want to take this opportunity to thank Schyler for the way he has managed a very difficult situation. He’s calmly gone about his work day in and day out, and been an excellent steward of the property. And many thanks to those of you who have offered help to Schyler with sandbagging and other chores. It means a great deal to him and to us.
Warm regards to all of you,
Tim and Cheryl