Weekend rains help Chenango Lake water levels

NEW BERLIN – Last Saturday’s thunderstorms added six inches of rain to Chenango Lake, according to City of Norwich officials, and brought New Berlin’s popular summer recreational destination up to within one inch of the high water mark.

Prior to this weekend, however, the lake was down by seven inches and some property owners had difficulty getting their boats in.

Some say the water was actually down by as much as a foot.

Summer residents James and Jeffie Benedict said they were forced to cancel their son’s college graduation party on Friday because they couldn’t get their boat in.

“It looks like we’re going to have to put in a buoy this year and swim out to reach the boat,” said Jeffie. “You jump off the end of our dock now and the water wouldn’t cover your knees.”

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