Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed a number of state businesses to organize for flooding in communities alongside the Lake Ontario shoreline forward of impending precipitation this week.
Lake Ontario water ranges are greater than a foot above common proper now, and there’s no phrase on when outflows shall be elevated.
The Governor has ordered the State Division of Homeland Safety and Emergency Companies to deploy 216,000 sandbags at strategic areas in Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne Counties. The division may additionally use 6,771 ft of aquadam to guard shoreline properties the place wanted.
The Division of Corrections has additionally offered incarcerated work crews to fill sand luggage at Division of Transportation amenities in Sodus and Hilton. The DOT is overseeing sandbagging operations in every of the eight counties that border Lake Ontario.
“Sadly, the specter of extreme flooding has change into a brand new actuality over the previous a number of years for the communities lining the shores of Lake Ontario,” stated Performing New York State Homeland Safety and Emergency Companies Commissioner Patrick A. Murphy. “Our emergency administration specialists have been in fixed communication with our native companions and stand prepared to help them in any means we are able to.”
Cuomo wrote to the Worldwide Joint Fee earlier in 2019, requesting that the outflows from Lake Ontario be maximized to forestall flooding, however water ranges have remained greater than common, and are anticipated to extend within the coming weeks.
New York has made a $95 million dedication to the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Shorelines, together with assist and monetary help to residents, small companies, and municipalities affected by flooding, in addition to funding for reconstruction and stabilization tasks.
Residents alongside the shoreline have already felt the consequences of the rising waters this yr. In February, chilling winds mixed with above common water ranges to encase a number of lakefront properties in ice. House owners stated they’d by no means skilled the phenomenon earlier than.