PORT CLINTON, Ohio (WTVG) - Mid-April is usually a time spent out on the water in Port Clinton, but the boats at the Fisherman's Wharf are docked. Instead, the doors are closed as the shop tries to dry out.
"It was through the whole store," Eric Langermeier, captain, Fisherman's Wharf, said of the water. "There was nothing stopping it."
A strong spring storm blew in over the weekend. Video shot by the store manager shows waves crashing up over a local pier. The Wharf also documented the floods outside the front door as North Madison street became part of Lake Erie. Soon, it has made its way inside, leave some four inches of water behind.
"We had a great Friday. We were catching fish, the weather was pretty good and then Saturday it all went downhill," Langermeier said. "[Tuesday] we were on a level two snow emergency and Monday it's going to be 60 again."
"Being in this business you know it can happen," Marc Wolfe, manager, Fisherman's Wharf, said. "You hope it doesn't but northern Ohio in the springtime? What else would you get?"
Working right on the water, the potential for flooding almost comes with the territory, but when your business relies on Lake Erie, the dramatic shift in temperatures and conditions can be frustrating.
"We've been sitting around all winter twiddling our thumbs with the ice season we didn't have. We want to get fishing. We love it and just behind the eight ball again," Wolfe said.
But despite the circumstances, they're trying to keep a sense of humor about it all.
"We're hoping it thaws out by July," Langermeier joked.
While it's a minor setback, Wolfe says there's no doubt they'll bounce back.
"We're at the mercy of Mother Nature. She's winning right now but we'll get her back in the end."