Owasco Lake sees ‘unheard of’ flow following weekend storm

It’s been 45 years since Owasco Lake has had flows as high as they were this past weekend after a rainstorm flooded parts of Cayuga County.

Sam Granato, water treatment operator for the city of Auburn, said at one point during Saturday’s intense rains, the flow coming into the lake from the Owasco Inlet was 4,240 cubic feet per second. Granato said the flows are down to more manageable levels now, between 1,300 and 1,400 cubic feet per second.

That 4,240 number doesn’t factor in other tributaries that flow into the lake, so Granato said usually they multiply the inlet flow’s number by two to get the total amount of water.

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