OSWEGO COUNTY – A Lake Ontario flood warning remains in effect for Oswego County until 11 p.m. Monday (May 8) due to wind conditions.
West-northwest winds are expected to continue pushing Lake Ontario’s waters onto the shoreline causing significant flooding as well as beach and coastline erosion.
The Oswego County Emergency Management Office is working closely with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and Office of Emergency Management as well as local municipalities to monitor the situation and coordinate lake flooding mitigation efforts.
“Lake Ontario shoreline flooding continues to affect the towns of Sandy Creek, Richland, Mexico, New Haven, Scriba, and Oswego,” said Oswego County Emergency Management Office Director Dale A. Currier. “The long-term forecast for the lake indicates that the water level will continue to rise for the next several weeks. Strong winds hitting the shoreline kick waves up onto the lakeshore properties, worsening the situation.”
Lake flooding has also closed Lakeshore Road in the town of Oswego.
Oswego County has received nearly 89,000 sandbags and a sandbag filler on loan from the state.
The New York State Army National Guard has been at hand all weekend to fill sandbags and will remain stationed in the county throughout the week.
Filled and unfilled sandbags are being distributed to the shoreline towns.
Due to the limited quantity, residents are asked to contact their local highway superintendent to request sandbags.
A complete list of highways superintendents is posted online at http://www.oswegocounty.com/legislature/county%20directory%202017.pdf.
Currier added, “Residents needing assistance should continue to work with their town officials. The town highway departments have sand and sandbags available and can reach out to the county’s Emergency Management Office for other needs.”
People along the lakeshore should continue to follow these flood safety tips:
• Have an plan: Prepare an emergency kit in case you have to leave your home on short notice. Be sure to take important papers and contact your insurance agent, employer and family members to let them know when and where you are going.
• Be safe: Follow official emergency instructions and don’t walk or drive through flooded areas. Keep away from downed power lines and watch out for displaced animals.
• Call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies.
Oswego County is included in a state of emergency that was issued by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo last week due to flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline. Those affected by the high Lake Ontario water levels can call 1-866-244-3839 for the latest flooding forecast, help with flood mitigation measures such as sandbags, and for technical assistance regarding on-site repairs to their property.
To receive official emergency information from New York State agencies, subscribe to NY-ALERT (www.nyalert.gov) the state’s free, customizable, all-hazards notification system.
More safety tips for staying safe before, during, and after floods and other storms can be found on the DHSES Web site: www.dhses.ny.gov.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with the NYS Department of Environment Conservation have issued guidance regarding storm recovery permits.
People can call the state hotline at 1-866-244-3839 and ask to be referred to the DEC for more information.
Flood mitigation and recovery information, including sandbag and levee instructions, clean-up guidelines and home repairs, is posted on www.oswegocounty.com.
For those with questions about safe well water and septic system issues, call the Oswego County Health Department’s Environmental Division at 315-349-3557.