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Gale force winds return to Skaneateles

For the second Saturday in a row, gale force winds punished property owners in Skaneateles.

Instead of trees causing damage, however, it was heavy lake swells.

The higher-than-normal spring lake level combined with high winds to create deep rolling waves topped with white caps that hammered the north shoreline like a storm surge. The Mid-lakes Navigation dock, summer parking slip of the lake touring vessel 'Judge Ben Wiles,' sustained heavy damage as crashing waves pulled deck timbers out and ripped floor planking from its framework.

Waves pounded the Clift Park seawall, causing cracks and ruptures in the walkway that will have to be repaired before anyone can use them.

Ocean-like waves also flooded the parking areas behind the Genesee Street stores used by shop owners, littering the shoreline broken dock pieces and floating debris.

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