Boaters Adjust Plans When Menasha Lock Breaks Again - WBAY

Boaters Adjust Plans When Menasha Lock Breaks Again

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 The Menasha lock is broken again after being closed for repairs earlier this week.

Officials told us that same hinge pin broke Friday afternoon and it's in need of even more repairs, just as vacationers were looking to get out on the water. 

Destiny Holmes and her husband are stuck on the wrong side of the Menasha lock. 


"We were planning on going back to the yacht club last night, but thankfully the Menasha marina is available, so we have a place to stay," said Holmes.

All of these boats are also on the wrong side. Harbormaster Diane Schabach couldn't talk Saturday, but she says the number's around 18.

"We got there and the gentleman said 'really sorry, it's broke, the door broke,'" says Sue Vanhouwelingen, a Neenah boater. 

Meanwhile, over on Lawe Street in Appleton, a bridge gate that's normally supposed to block traffic from proceeding stopped working. 

It's the gate on the north side of the canal that stopped working Friday afternoon. And without that gate coming down to prevent traffic, the entire circuit of the bridge won't work.

"Things happen, things break, you just gotta go with the flow," said Vanhouwelingen.

Other people are also making the most of an unpredictable situation.

"The weather's been holding out awesome for everybody, you know you couldn't ask for a better weekend," said Ryan Camba, a boater.

"Everybody's in a good mood. So even with the lock broken, everybody's still happy," adds Holmes.

The Menasha Harbormaster says they're happy to host the new guests, she just hopes the lock's fixed before traffic starts slowing down at the marina.

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