After Last Year's Flooding, Waterfront Businesses Ready For Seas

After Last Year's Flooding, Waterfront Businesses Ready For Season

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The docks at Spicer Marine Basin in Clayton blended in with the St. Lawrence River during May of last year. Now, water levels are back to normal and the owner says things are looking up for this Memorial Day weekend.

"Everybody wants to be in for this weekend. We got off to a little bit of a slow start 'cause of the weather, but now with the warm weather coming, everyone wants to be in and I think we're going to have a good weekend," said Dan Frank, Spicer Marine Basin owner.

You can still see some of the signs of last year's flooding at Bella's Restaurant in Clayton. But the restaurant's basement is nice and dry - no river creeping in.

"It was ready after the winter, the water subsided. We always re-paint the floors, dry it out and then just get ready for another year," said Melissa Ringer-Hardy, Bella's Restaurant owner.

While places like Bella's are doing better since last summer, there are still some places that need a little work, like the Department of Environmental Conservation's facility in Cape Vincent. Right now, its aquarium is being renovated because of water damage from last summer's flooding.

"The whole first floor of our building was flooded for a portion of the summer last year, our aquarium facility had to be closed," said Chris Legard, the DEC's Lake Ontario unit leader.

The aquarium should be open again later this summer. In the meantime, guests can enjoy the picnic area, gazebo and overnight docks with out the worry of high water ruining the fun.

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