A state of emergency has been declared due to flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline.
Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Rochester Tuesday to assess flood damage and talk to property owners.
The state of emergency was declared for Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne counties.
The Governor’s order empowers DEC and other state agencies to issue emergency individual permits for those larger-scale response actions that may be necessary.
365,000 sandbags have been deployed to the region and are ready for placement in lower elevation areas– with 115,000 for Wayne County, 50,000 for Jefferson County, and 30,000 for Oswego County. Five sandbaggers have also been deployed to Niagara, Monroe and Wayne Counties.
A Lake Ontario response team has also been created. The response team consists of the National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, DEC, New York State Police, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Additional equipment including towers, generators, and pumping equipment, will be made available for use by multiple municipalities.