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Flooding leaves Rayland Marina underwater

The picnic area was completely covered by water Sunday morning, and some docks have snapped under the pressure.

Boaters at the Rayland Marina are waiting for the flood waters to recede.

The picnic area was completely covered by water Sunday morning, and some docks have snapped under the pressure.

The owner of the marina said they began preparing for flooding Friday.

They notified everyone who owns a boat at the marina before the water got too high to prepare as well.

Some people decided to stay on their house boats as the waters started rising. Now, they are stuck on the boats until the water levels drop.

Due to the flooding, the owner of the P & R Bait Shop at the marina is still unable to get into his shop.

“This is the worst I’ve seen it, this is the worst we've had,” said P & R Bait Shop owner Pat Marino. “Usually, the water will come up, I’ll get a few inches on the bank, but nothing like this… It was really rough this year… I probably lost about $1,000 worth of equipment.”

The Rayland marina office manager said they have a major clean up ahead of them.

The bait shop is expected to open in just a few weeks on March 1. Depending on clean-up, owners hope to have the marina ready for the summer season by May 1.

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