Sodus Point mayor talks impact of high water

SODUS POINT, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul spent Thursday in Sodus Point. There, she announced that a mobile command center is set up for the people experiencing flooding.

However, most residents agree that there is still more work to be done.

In Sodus Point, five to 10,000 sandbags are being made, on a daily basis, to distribute to flooded homes on the shores of Lake Ontario.

The high water is taking over yards, parking lots, and homes, but the mayor, Chris Tertinek, says there are even more impacts than what can be seen.

“We’re getting a lot of water infiltrated in to our sewer system. We have one lift station, that's where it pumps up because the sewer treatment plant is higher than some of the low houses, and on that lift station one of the pumps went,” adds Tertinek.

So far the price tag on keeping the sewer up and running is more than $75,000. That's only since Sunday. The mayor and politicians alike realize, no matter the reason behind the high water, this problem isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

“It’s a bad situation up there, it really is. What’s happened is the water levels were unseasonably high starting in January, in all five of the Great Lakes, and right then the International Joint Commission should have figured out it’s going to cause major flooding in Lake Ontario, and they didn't react. If they slowly blotted off the levels we could have potentially avoided something like this,” says Congressman John Katko.

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