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Open signs are everywhere in the Village of Wilson as business owners gear up for the soggy summer season

Posted at 5:46 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 17:46:11-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Mother nature is not getting in the way of a successful summer for business owners in the Village of Wilson.

Water levels in the harbor are higher than normal with many docks submerged underwater. But even with the flooding, Wilson business owners are doing everything they can to stay open for the busy summer season.

"Business as usual tourism is our number one industry," Lawson says.

Wilson is a huge tourist town says Mayor Arthur Lawson, with more than four-million dollars coming into the town during the summer, the businesses need to keep their doors open.

Two years ago Wilson experienced similar flooding that hurt businesses because many people thought the hot spots were closed. This year-- Mayor Lawson says the town is prepared.

"I think this has brought our town to band together and keep everyone afloat," Brandon Salvatore, Executive Chef at the Wilson Boat House Restaurant said. "We did this is 2017 we are going to do it even better in 2019."

Wilson is only 40 minutes from Buffalo.