All Monroe County roads back open; state of emergency no longer in effect
UPDATE (10:30 p.m.): Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says the state of emergency within Monroe County has been canceled.
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - As of 6:30 Tuesday evening, a state of emergency was still in effect for Monroe County. Many roads reopened except for Park Road and Wolston Road in Powder Mills Park in Pittsford.
Mark Wade of Rochester said Irondequoit Creek in Ellison Park rose more than a foot an hour. By the afternoon, it was already overflowing.
“From 8:27 this morning to 1:00 p.m. I saw it come up 6 feet,” said Wade. “This is normal. This is the natural flood plain where Ellison Park is. Every spring when you have a high-water event it fills up.”
The yellow gates were up over at Ellison Park. It is closed until further notice due to downstream flooding along Irondequoit Creek.
Several roads were closed throughout the county for a good part of the day, including a portion of Whitney Road in Fairport. DOT crews brought in rocks to fill in parts of the road washed away from the heavy rains.
The Town of Perinton was one of the hardest hit municipalities, with flooding after 5-6 inches of rain fell earlier.
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said that amount of rain in short period of time prompted a state of emergency for the entire county.
“In the Town of Perinton, we have deployed members of our department of transportation,” she said. “Our environmental services are looking at infrastructure. We are looking at roadways, culverts; we are looking at sanitation, and sewer situations.”
Dinolfo said the state of emergency allows for road closures and more equipment and manpower.
“We always see our community working together with all of our towns, with the City of Rochester to best protect the citizens,” Dinolfo said. “That's top priority - making sure the people are safe. We got our boots on the ground and the state of emergency allows us to react.”
Though the state of emergency does not restrict travel, county officials are advising people to use caution and not drive through any standing water.
The county remains prepared for more flooding. It has 40,000 sandbags loaded and ready to go if needed.