PHOTO OP ED:Storm winds blow and a rising lake threatens Port Washington shore facilities

What’s missing from the photo above? The answer is the concrete breakwater on which the Port Washington lighthouse sits. It was underwater when the picture was made on Jan. 9, not as a result of waves breaking over the lighthouse, but because the lake level had risen higher than the breakwater. The already record-high lake was pushed up along the shore by strong southeasterly winds. The water has subsided since, but the image of the partially submerged lighthouse may be a harbinger of future problems. A number of lake ports are in peril due to breakwaters rendered ineffective by high water. During a storm on Saturday, massive waves rolling into Port Washington’s outer harbor overwhelmed the stout riprap revetment protecting the marina (top). The marina is cleared out for the winter, but had boats been there they would have had a rough ride.

               Photos by Bill Schanen IV

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