Concern from the Town of Penfield as Lake Ontario creeps closer to flooding Empire Boulevard

PENFIELD, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - On the south end of Irondequoit Bay in the Town of Penfield the water levels have pushed passed the bay limits. The waters are flooding the parking lots and are inching towards Empire Boulevard.

If the water does go over the road, the town of Penfield will have to shut down part of it down.

All of this happening as a state of emergency has been issued for the town of Webster, Irondequoit and Penfield. 

With the nearby creeks at full capacity they have nowhere to run but into the bay, only making matters worse.

The Sheriff’s Office is going to be working very closely on the bay to keep the speed limit down so the wave action doesn't cause more problems.

The Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain this is effecting those along the bay. “There has been a lot of erosion along their property and adjacent to their docks so they have been working with the DEC under an emergency permit to get in and do some things with some large stone, riprap and just trying to help break up and minimize some of those waves coming in,” said LaFountain.

The State emergency will stay in effect up till 30 days or when the water starts to recede, whichever comes first. If doesn't start to go down within 30 days the three towns will issue another State of Emergency as a joint group.

 

 


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