Slowly Receding Water, Projected Rains Have Chenango Lake Residents Worried
Published: July 12th, 2011
By: Brian Golden

Slowly receding water, projected rains have Chenango Lake residents worried

NORWICH – As summer thunderstorms continue to make their way through the area – and with more heavy rainfall predicted this week – homeowners along the shoreline of Chenango Lake are concerned with the lake’s high waters.

Many lakeside residents still haven’t been able to install their docks or boats – or mow lawns leading down to the water’s edge – due to the lake’s excessive depth, which – at times – has reached upwards of three and even four feet above normal.

Walt Prindle, who said he’s been around Chenango Lake his entire life and currently lives on its western shore, is just one of many who’ve been impacted by the high waters.

“I’ve never seen it this high for this long; it’s the highest I’ve ever seen it,” said Prindle, one of many who’ve been unable to get his dock or boat into the water. “It just never seems to go down and it’s definitely odd.”

Other west-shore residents agreed with Prindle’s assessment. One, a Chenango Lake homeowner since 1982, noted that – for the first time in her memory – the small island located at the northern end of the lake is completely submerged.

A nearby neighbor called the high waters “hard to believe” and said it’s “so high it’s causing a lot of damage in some places,” as many docks remain underwater and inaccessible.

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