State of emergency in effect due to Lake Ontario flooding
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A state of emergency has been declared due to flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
Governor Cuomo was in Rochester Tuesday afternoon to look at flooding sites and talk with homeowners who have had their property affected by rising water.
Several steps are being taken in response to the flooding, one of which is declaring a state of emergency to free up resources to be brought to Monroe County and assist with homes in trouble.
In addition, Governor Cuomo said he is appointing a Lake Ontario response team, comprised of the National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, DEC, New York State Police, and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. That response team will be coordinating a response with the City of Rochester and Monroe County.
More equipment is being brought in; towers, hoses, generators, pumping equipment, zodiac boats, and more pumps will be made available in a regional stockpile for use by multiple municipalities.
For days the Rochester area has seen severe flooding, damaging properties, homes and businesses.
The rain is also causing lake levels to rise, causing significant damage.
The damage at Ontario Beach Park is extensive, as tree branches and debris can be seen for miles.
It appears to be an absolute mess after waves crashed all the way up along the boardwalk this week.
The water appears to be building into the beach, causing the shoreline to disappear as the lake levels continue to rise.
State Police and the National Guard are on alert and will be available to assist if the situation requires it. The National Guard are now helping with sandbags; 300 members of the National Guard are on standby.
The DEC is also going to send coastal engineers now to look at the shoreline.
"When things are at their worst is when New Yorkers are at their best," Governor Cuomo said.
If you need help from the DEC to install pipes in your yard to help with flooding and other issues, you can call them at (866) 244-3839.