Please go to http://locca.org/high-water-levels-2019/ to see Ontario Sailing’s Official word on the water levels.
All our docks have power restored. As always, visitor dock availability partially depends on the number of members away; do not hesitate to contact the club by phone or VHF in advance to inquire about availability.
Blue Dock Power Restored
We now have power restored to the entire Club. Thank you all for your patience.
Green & Red Docks Power Restored
Power has been restored to the Green Dock (and remainder of Red Dock). We are still a few inches away before we can restore power to the Blue Dock.
Red Dock Power Partially Restored
Power has been restored to part of Red Dock. We are still a few inches away on green and Blue before we can restore power to those docks.
Mast Crane Power Restored
The water level has finally gotten to a point where it is now safe to turn on the power to the mast crane. Earlier today, power was restored and the mast crane is now operational.
Thank you to those who have waited patiently over the past few months.
The next step will be to power the docks. Unfortunately, we’re still not there yet.
Blue Dock Power
Power to Blue Dock will not be restored until the water level has gone down about six inches from its current state as the junction box has come apart and is immersed in water.
Again, if you have any fridges, etc. on that may be pulling power from your battery, please turn those off.
Blue Dock Power
Power to Blue Dock has been terminated as of 10:45am today pending a further investigation. If you have any fridges, etc. on that may be pulling power from your battery, please turn those off.
Sorry for the inconvenience – there will be an update tomorrow morning as to whether we were able to return the dock to it’s normal powered state.
Blue Dock Water
There is a significant leak at an upright Power and Water post on Blue Dock. The post is located in front of Mike MacDonald’s boat. The problem cannot be repaired until the water level subsides. Right now there is no harm in turning the water on as members need water, but it should not be left on. The Valve for the water line is on a post at the base of Blue Dock.
Please proceed with extreme caution when walking on or near the docks as the water level is rising and falling every five minutes or so.
Power off on Mast Crane
Water has reached the power for the mast crane, and so, we’ve had to turn the power off in this area. Our club electricians will work to see how fast we can restore it, and we’ll announce as soon as it has been restored.
Water up Substantially – Mast Crane and Dock Lines
Water is now over the top of the Mast Crane wall. The crane remains operational at this time, but please use extreme caution to prevent slips and falls.
Dock lines have become very tight for some boats. Please ensure you keep monitoring your lines so as to prevent damage to lines, cleats on docks, or cleats on boats.
Pool noodle segments are still available in the office to put on your tire lines (secure with tape/cable tie/stopper knot); this will keep the line visible even if the tire isn’t.
Power Shutdown Today – Ice Sold at a Reduced Rate
Power is now shut down to the Red Dock and Fixed Green To those with refrigeration, please consider coming down to turn it off.
To aid in the upcoming high-water weeks, we will be offering ice at the discounted price of $2/bag, and we have battery chargers available for those in need of a boost at the Gas Dock.
We also ask that you please come down and grab a sections of pool noodle from the office for your tire line(s); one noodle section should keep the line floating even if the tire goes under water; you can use a cable tie or tape or a stopper knot on the line to secure it.
Power Shutdown Likely – Get Tire Line Floats in Office
ABYC will more than likely be shutting down power to the Red Dock and Fixed Green tomorrow evening. To those with refrigeration, please consider coming down tomorrow to turn it off.
To aid in the upcoming high-water weeks, we will be offering ice at a discounted price, and we will have available battery chargers for those in need of a boost.
We also ask that you please come down and grab a section of pool noodle from the office, starting tomorrow afternoon, to put on your tire lines; one noodle section should keep the line floating even if the tire goes under water; you can use a cable tie or tape or a stopper knot on the line to secure it.
Keep Boat Lines Loose
We have been monitoring the lake water levels using the US Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes water level website. The forecast from the most recent posting had water levels peaking – in a worst case scenario – about a foot below the 2017 high water levels, which would be marginal but acceptable for ABYC. A more recent update (today) indicates that outflows from Lake Ontario have been reduced to limit flooding in Quebec. This condition, combined with the snow melt in northern Ontario, is going to push water levels up higher than previously anticipated. It is now expected that we will experience water levels about one foot higher than current by late May.
The club has limited ability to control the worst of the effects of high water other than what we did in 2017. However, the pivot insert for the Green Dock bridge will be placed over the weekend, to eliminate the risk of damage to the connection between the floating docks and the fixed docks. The electricians will be ready to turn off power in the event that water levels reach the power lines under the docks (as the floating docks and Blue Wall have secure power, we would encourage sharing of power via shore power lines as was done in 2017 should that become necessary), and likewise for the mast crane. At this point, though, we are monitoring the conditions and will update members as events develop. If necessary, measures similar to those taken in 2017 will be implemented to keep the docks as safe as practical under the conditions.