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  •  I remember seeing houses float by (5+ / 0-)

    in the early 50's before they got the wiki:SL Seaway built ...high water events  were pretty spectacular.
         I am going to guess spring 52 or 53 given how tall I wasn't yet.
      I am also remembering the political discussions about it from my elders, and I seem to remember some saying the high water events could have been prevented but were staged as a political ploy by someone to create a crisis that the eventual ST Lawrence Seaway would solve. A dim memory, haha.
      We almost lost our beachside Lake Ontario house, built originally as a weekend house on the sandbar near Rochester, built by  my elders them own selves in the teens/20's. All the neighbors put in stones, rr ties etc...those that didn't lost a front yard or a house, I remember the waves washing over the sandbar the house was on into the swamp behind.
       This land is 200,000-500,000 now for a small lake side lot, at the time it was an escape where no one wanted to go, way past the end of civilization.
        Other relatives had nearby small houses with tarpaper/asphalt siding. That flooded...bullheads and carp swimming under the house, in the garage. So cool as a kid, now..not so fun. The swamp roads were awash as well.
      And the men folk there were all returning ww2 vets, this was now  8 years later, not much time to recover.....

    The basement flooded, and in 1953 spring there were fish down there~ in about three feet of flooded basement water. I fished from the stairs.

    We also had 7 sandbar extremely low water summers before the SL Seaway opened.

    I also remember in about 1958-1960 the Lake Ontario froze completely over, we kids were conspiring to hike the 60 miles to Canada until they screwed it up by sending in the icebreakers.
        We already had walked out five miles and lived.
     55 to go.
    No problemo.

    Everybody in my family subscribed to the Engineer's Lake Ontario water level bulletin and chart.
      This may be a bigger problem no amount of dams and concrete will fix.

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:30:28 PM PST

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