Clean Up And Flood Prep Continue On Lakeshore


ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – As Lake Ontario sits at record high levels, lakefront homeowners continue to do what they can to protect themselves and their properties.

Joe Martin lives on Edgemere Drive. He says he’s been hit pretty hard by the flooding, but some of his neighbors have it worse.

The Town of Greece is providing free sandbags to residents who need them. CREDIT VERONICA VOLK / WXXI NEWS

“Many people have water in their house. We have wet basements. Trying to keep up with sump pumps so they don’t fail.”

Although the weather is currently favorable, with light winds and no precipitation, those living on the shoreline know that can change at any moment.

“It’s just the fact that when the northeast winds come for us here we get inundated and flooding and road flooding.”

Like many along the shoreline Martin says he feels stuck in a cycle of preparing flooding and cleaning up after it.

Lake Ontario is expected to reach its season peak within the next couple weeks. After that, officials predict it will begin to go down.