Deputies work to keep Canandaigua Lake clear

Updated: 05/26/2014 5:39 PM
Created: 05/26/2014 5:24 PM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts

Debris and high water levels are keeping boaters off several Finger Lakes. Crews in Ontario and Yates counties are out patrolling the waters after deputies placed a boating ban on Canandaigua, Honeoye and Keuka lakes.

The high water levels and debris that followed flooding have created unsafe conditions for boaters. News10NBC tagged along with a patrol squad Monday on Canandaigua Lake.

Ontario County Sheriff's Deputies are out in force patrolling the lake and making sure there are no motorized boats. That's of course because of the ban. In addition to that, they're also clearing some of the debris left by the recent storm.

Deputy Thomas Biesenbach says the water is still too dangerous for motorized boats. He shows us homes where docks were underwater just a week ago and although water levels have receded, Biesenbach says it's not enough. Even the smallest wave from a boat can do significant damage for people who live on the lake.

There is some good news. The water is receding almost to the point where it was before the storm. And although deputies aren't sure when exactly the boat ban will be lifted. They say the hope is to have it open back up to all boaters this week.

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