Neighbors in Sodus continue filling thousands of sandbags as water levels remain high

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Sand bagging operations wrapped up on Monday, with volunteers producing 25,000 bags over the last week— and Fair Haven has needed every one.

Mary Williams, owner of “Little Sodus Bay Bar,” said she has seen the water rise, but never like this. The water levels are making her nervous.

Nervous because they call this Fair Haven’s living room. And Williams doesn’t want to have people start swimming to it.

However, Fair Haven mayor Jim Basile said that the town has been ahead of the curve, getting sandbags up to hopefully prevent further damage. They’re still preparing for what Mother Nature has in store, knowing it could take months before these water levels return to normal.

“This is going to continue for quite a while. The lakes not predicted to crest until early June. The wind is going to continue to be a factor. These pop up rain storms these spring rains we always see are going to continue to be an impact. And we’re going to continue to keep our hands on it and stay ahead of it,” said Cayuga County deputy director of emergency services Neil Rivenburgh. 

There had been talks of bringing in the National Guard here to help the Town out. At this point, though, the Mayor tells says that’s not going to be necessary.

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