Over the past several weeks, Lake Champlain has risen 6 feet above normal level and we have been reminded of the incredible impact the Lake has on our community. The flood has taken a toll on so many families and businesses and it’s times like this that shows us how incredibly important lake access is and just how strong a community we are. For more stories and pictures from the flood, check out the Burlington Free Press.
Here at the Community Sailing Center, we’re trying to keep it all in perspective–our sailing gear has come in handy to keep us dry and most of our equipment is meant to get wet! Our awesome volunteers filled sandbags and staff waded through water to get to work. But unfortunately last week the Lake made its way into the office and forced us to evacuate.
While we are not entirely sure what the Lake has in store, we are certain it will be another fabulous summer of playing on Lake Champlain! Right now the lake is at102.92 feet above sea level and we cannot install our docks until it’s below 100 feet–only 200 billion gallons of water to go. Ways to help:
- Contribute to the Staying Afloat Fund to help offset the $10,000 in lost revenue and the expected cleanup and repair costs.
- Register online for 2011 summer youth camps, adult sailing courses, and clinics.
- Sign Up for our Staying Afloat Volunteer Day – Saturday, May 28th.
As of today, most of our spring programs are canceled and opening day has been postponed until Saturday, June 18th. A full schedule and summer e-newsletter will be sent in a few weeks when we know more about our plans to move forward. Stayed tuned for the amazing programs, events and community activities we have in store for you this summer!
We extend a heartfelt thank you to all of those who have been so supportive in recent weeks – the kind words and offers of help are really appreciated. A big thank you to Rick Davis and the folks at Pomerleau Real Estate for helping us secure temporary office space. You can find us in the Maltex Building, Suite 201 (431 Pine Street) for the next few weeks. Come visit!