Ferry reopens despite high water

"I have a house in Westport. The water's close to my place, but I am okay for now. But look at Essex's flooded waterfront-it's sad, especially the damage at the restaurant and marina," she said.

Rose was the ferry's first "official" foot passenger on May 26 aboard the M.V. Gov. Aiken, according to McKenzie.

"Iwanted to see how high the lake is and what the damage looks like on both shores," Rose said.

According to another ferry deck hand, Gene Szatawski, reopening day included something for everyone-some sunshine, clouds, and a gusty 8-kt. wind out of the south.

"It is a beautiful day to be back on the lake," Szatawski said. "I love this lake. And despite the flooding and damages to so many folks, we're at least running again and that's got to be assuring to local commuters."

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