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Irondequoit Bay flooding is a plus for one local business

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Irondequoit Bay — (WROC) – As the water levels of Lake Ontario continue to rise to record-breaking levels homeowners are trying to keep the water from creeping into their homes.

Flooding waters are also invading the property of business owners which is causing some of them to lose business. But for one local business, the flood waters are a good thing. 

The parking lot of RT Masters, a stone company in Irondequoit Bay, is completely covered with more than 2 inches of water in some places. Owner Nick Masters says he has been dealing with the flooding for over a month. “Because of the water we are not getting a lot of foot traffic,” said Masters. “Which is causing us to lose some business.”

At Sutter’s Marina, they are able to adjust the floating docks to the increasing water levels. But many people think the marina is closed because of the flooding. It’s taking a toll on the business. “People do not think they can come down here and use their boat,” said Alex Pelligra manager, Sutter’s Marina. “We are putting makeshift docks down here so you can get to your boat.”

BayCreek Paddling is also dealing with flooding along the bay. But for them the rising water is a plus for their customers. “We are up and operating and able to put people out on the water, and they are having a great time,” said Ken Altfather CEO of BayCreek Paddling. According to Altfather the higher water levels give kayakers a different view.

In the meantime, businesses who are not benefiting from the flooding are using sandbags to keep the water from taking over their properties.

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