OSWEGO COUNTY (WSYR-TV) — Oswego County is assisting lakeshore municipalities in their preparations for flooding from Lake Ontario, Oswego County.
“Oswego County has already seen the level of Lake Ontario increase and it is predicted to rise another 11 inches in the next month,” said Director of Emergency Management Dale A. Currier. “There is a strong potential for shoreline flooding and damage from high winds pushing water further onto the shore. We are working with local authorities and state officials to ensure resources are directed to where they are most needed.”
Sandbags provided by New York State are available to municipalities, and residents may contact their local highway department to get them.
Distribution will be determined based on where the sandbags can be used effectively, such as guarding basement windows and doorways, and raising edge heights of local
Roads, Currier said.
Residents will need to provide their own plastic sheeting to make the sandbagging the most effective.
The US Army Corps of Engineers offers a few tips on tieing and placing sandbags.
Locals can request sandbags by calling their local highway department and leaving a message.
Town highway departments include:
· Richland: 315-298-2567
· Mexico: 315-963-3531
· New Haven: 315-963-7211
· Scriba: 315-343-3036
· Oswego Town: 315-343-0397
· Sandy Creek: 315-387-5456 ext. 8
People along the lakeshore should follow these flood safety tips:
- Have a plan: prepare an emergency kit in case you have to leave your home on short notice. Be sure to take important papers and medications, 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.
For more information, call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 315-591-9150.