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Ellison Park flooded and closed

by Sean Carroll

Penfield and Brighton, N.Y. --- Ellison Park will remain closed through the weekend after heavy rains and runoff water flooded out the park grounds Friday morning.

The water created hazardous conditions on Blossom Road where "Road Flooded" signs were evaluated by drivers as either a suggestion or a warning. Many drivers took their chances and drove through water that Rose above their car's tires at times; other drivers turned around and found an alternate route.

"It's a gutsy call because from where you're sitting behind the driver's seat you can't tell how deep that is, that might be one or two inches of water you could hit that and stall your car out," said Kevin Leas who grew up near Ellison Park and still lives nearby.

"I've seen it (water level) where it's up over the river beds and I've seen it where the parks are getting flooded a little bit but I can't remember the last time I've actually driven through here and seen it over the road before," added Leas.

The county dog park resembled a dog pond with the fenced in facility entirely under water, much to the disappointment of Alex Levine and her dog.

"I come down every time I can, every day I can and it's usually beautiful but I've never seen it (like this) you can't see one piece of dry land out there," said Levine whose disappointed dog was whimpering with excitement moments before arriving. "She gets excited at the top of the hill and starts whining and getting excited and now can't go out, I'll have to take her on a run or something now."

Monroe County Parks Director Larry Staub tells 13WHAM News that Ellison Park, including the dog park, will remain closed for the entire weekend. All shelter and lodge rentals were moved to other parks or refunded. The March of Dimes Walk scheduled to take place on Sunday will be moved to the RIT Campus.

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