TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's the end of the fish tale you saw Monday only on News 4.What happened to the dozens of carp that swam their way onto theBrighton Golf Course?
This is about the big ones that got away, luckily, with the helpof some maintenance workers, and Mother Nature, herself.
It was one of the strangest sights you'll ever see on a golfcourse. Dozens of carp had decided to play through to he 13th and14th holes of the Brighton Golf Course, taking golfers bysurprise.
John Occhipinti said, "Swimming around. Never seen anything likeit here."
The record rainfall early Sunday morning had carried the carpfrom Ellicott Creek, though a culvert under the fairway, and into anewly created pond of flood water on the golf course, posing amajor problem.
Town of Tonawanda Recreation Supervisor Jeff Rainey explained,"They are kind of stuck here right now."
24 hours later, the fish are gone. Maintenance workers found away to save their lives. They dug a deeper path around the culvert,allowing water to flow more rapidly, draining the pond andencouraging the fish to reverse their journey and go back toEllicott Creek.
"Once we opened up this flow, the fish that were in the pondover on 13 could move back down through 14, 15, 17 and 18. And thenback to the creek," explained Rainey.
But did all the fish make out? Maintenance worker Jack Seitz,whose retirement after a 30 year career from the Parks Departmentwas just 19 hours away, went fishing for carp as his last majorchore.
Seitz said, "This is a great way to finish up a good time in theTown of Tonawanda."
He searched everywhere, through tall weeds and slippery muddydrop off points in the flood ponds, but Seitz said, "I'm findingsticks and mud and stones, and I fell in once, but I'm not findingtoo many fish."
So the carp found their way back home, about a quarter of a mileback to Ellicott Creek. Giving the course back to the golfers.
Jack Seitz kept on searching for any stragglers, but he couldn'tfind one. News 4 wishes Jack good luck on retirement. And that'sthe ending of our fish story, a happy ending all the wayaround.
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