High lake levels continue to pummel Ontario shoreline

By on May 15, 2017
Community residents in the Town of Kendall came out to the Highway Garage Saturday morning, May 6 to help fill and distribute sandbags to lakeshore residents and businesses. The town filled highway trucks with sand which was then released through a salt spreader at the back of the truck and into sandbags. Prior to Saturday’s efforts, Kendall Highway Superintendent Warren Kruger said 21,000 sandbags had been filled and distributed. About 50 people volunteered on Saturday. The National Guard was also deployed to help with sandbagging efforts. K. Gabalski photo

Community residents in the Town of Kendall came out to the Highway Garage Saturday morning, May 6 to help fill and distribute sandbags to lakeshore residents and businesses. The town filled highway trucks with sand which was then released through a salt spreader at the back of the truck and into sandbags. Prior to Saturday’s efforts, Kendall Highway Superintendent Warren Kruger said 21,000 sandbags had been filled and distributed. About 50 people volunteered on Saturday. The National Guard was also deployed to help with sandbagging efforts. K. Gabalski photo

High lake levels combined with relentless rain and winds continue to eat up the local shoreline along Lake Ontario.

On Friday, May 5, Assemblyman Steve Hawley, State Senator Robert Ortt, and representatives from the offices of Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Chris Collins toured the south shoreline of Lake Ontario from Lyndonville in Orleans County east to the Town of Hamlin in Monroe County.

During the tour, the group met with officials from both counties, town supervisors, highway superintendents, business owners and homeowners to gain first-hand knowledge of the dire conditions faced by those who live and work along the lake.

Assemblyman Hawley said the devastation along the Lake Ontario shoreline has reached monumental proportions. He urged Governor Cuomo to petition the International Joint Commission (IJC) to release water from the Moses-Saunders Dam to lower water levels in the lake, and also called on the governor to send more resources to the area.

“Seeing it firsthand is absolutely astounding,” Hawley said. “This is pure and utter chaos.” He noted homes have been ruined, businesses forced to close and travel restricted.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley meets with Monroe County Legislator Mike Rockow, Town of Hamlin Highway Superintendent Steve Baase and Hamlin Town Supervisor Eric Peters before touring flood damage to Sandy Harbor Drive and the Brockport Yacht Club. K. Gabalski photo

Assemblyman Steve Hawley meets with Monroe County Legislator Mike Rockow, Town of Hamlin Highway Superintendent Steve Baase and Hamlin Town Supervisor Eric Peters before touring flood damage to Sandy Harbor Drive and the Brockport Yacht Club. K. Gabalski photo

“Something must be done immediately to aid the thousands of residents affected by this havoc, and our community is going to need a lot of help from the state to recover,” Assemblyman Hawley said.

In its weekly Great Lakes Water Level Update on May 5, the Army Corps of Engineers said Lake Ontario has risen 17 inches in the last month and is 22 inches above its long-term average level for the month of May. The Army Corps predicts Lake Ontario will rise two more inches during the month of May.

 

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A home on Shore Acres in  Hamlin is completely flooded. K. Gabalski photo

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