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Rain, ‘No Wake’ Zone Spell Trouble For Riverfront Business

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(CBS) – It’s late June, and we’re already 2 inches past normal rain totals for the entire month.

And that’s causing problems and costing money for some, CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.

If it looks empty, it is — from Fox Lake to the Broken Oar, 20 miles north. Typically full slips are not.

That’s because high water has caused a “no wake” ordinance to take effect for 25 miles of the Fox River.

Bonnie Miske of the Broken Oar says boaters don’t bother to take their crafts out in a no-wake because of the slow travel time.

“We have had a dramatic decrease in business from our boat traffic,” she says. “Boat traffic is critical to us.”

Authorities say they had no choice, based on the rainfall of late.

In a normal June, there would be nearly 2.7 inches of rainfall by now. So far, we’re at 4.72 inches. It’s the best yearly rate by a longshot – 19.56 inches compared to the typical 15.8 inches.

“We do everything in our power not to have to call a no-wake,” says Ron Barker of the Fox Waterway Agency.

The no-wake zone could last as long as another week.

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