TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Parts of western New York are still drying out from a weekend ofrecord rainfall. As strange as it might seem, carp have found theirway onto the golf course. It's driving home the fact that weexperienced an extraordinary weather event over the weekend.
Fish are spawning on the 13th and 14th holes of the BrightonPark Golf Course in the Town of Tonawanda.
Town of Tonawanda Recreation Supervisor Jeff Rainer stated,"Right now we're sort of watching in amazement."
Underneath the fairway, there's a culvert leading from EllicottCreek to the golf course. There are supposed to be pools of watercreated after a major rainfall as a means of flood control. But thesystem was not created to carry fish onto the golf course.
"We've had probably 50 to 70 carp come back up from EllicottCreek onto the golf course and are in the process of spawning onBrighton Golf Course right now," explained Rainey.
The fish are surviving for now in the flood-made ponds, for themost part.
John Occhipinti said, "We saw a dead one a couple of holes ago.We were wondering how it got there, if somebody brought it there asa joke because it was so big. I don't think a bird could havecarried it that far. Then now to see these fish here alive andswimming around, never seen anything like it here."
The DEC has been alerted, but as the clock is ticking before theponds dry up, parks maintenance workers may have to stage a rescue.But there are pitfalls.
Park maintenance worker Jack Seitz said, "It gets a little bitdeep. It gets a little bit deep kind of quick. Plus, I was sinkingin the mud."
Over in Buffalo, here's another sight you don't see very often.Hoyt Lake overflowed its banks from the record 2.19 inches ofrainfall early Sunday morning. It was fed by the Scajaquada Drain,which by design will spill into the lake during extraordinaryrainfalls.
Buffalo City Engineer Peter Merlo said, "If it doesn't allow usto go into the lake, where does it go? Down the S-turns, intoanother neighborhood that's maybe at a lower level."
There is some concern that sewage or other contaminants may havebeen introduced to the lake. The city says it will test the waterto determine its level of safety.
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