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Boathouses deal with ice on lake

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - Most of the Finger Lakes are heavily frozen after the winter we've endured and the ice has become a concern for boathouse owners along Canandaigua Lake.

I've been in Canandaigua since 1971, said Steve Mruczek, I've never seen it [ice] go down to the other endsolid ice.

Some of the Finger Lakes, including Canandaigua, have been frozen for two months through February and March.

Mruczek said the thick ice may pose a risk to the historical boathouses if Mother Nature decides to whip another cold snap.

The pilings underneath the boathouses, a lot of them are the old wooden ties, and they'll snap, said Mruczek.

Stephen Lewandowski with the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association said this is the longest freeze he has seen.

The expansion and contraction of the ice does a great deal of damage to any type of structure that's in the way, said Lewandowski.

The bigger concern may be for the boathouses at the end of the dock that tend to take more of a beating from the ice

There could be a problem if the wind picks up because it's heavy ice and it does move things. A few years ago, they had a couple [boathouses] fall into the lake for the same reason. Ice, said Mruczek.

The ice is still expected to be extremely thick after this past winter. Boathouse owners are hoping for warmth.

We're hoping for warmer weather and calm days, said Mruczek. The ice will melt naturally and we'll be good,

Boathouse owners are also keeping an eye on the water level. Though flooding is usually uncommon, it happened two years ago after a heavy spring rain.

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Washington Times