DEC officials survey Lake Ontario flood damage

IRONDEQUIOT, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation toured lakeshore communities Friday to survey flood damage.

The conditions of Lake Ontario are hurting property owners across the entire shoreline -- not just in Irondequiot.

Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Paul D'Amato spent Friday examining damage to lakeshore communities in Greece, Charlotte, and the Irondequoit Bay area checking in with business owners and homeowners.

D'Amato says the DEC is continues to monitor lake levels and assess the damage that is occuring locally.
His team and other agencies have been busy the last two weeks since Governor Andrew Cuomo placed Monroe, Orleans and Wayne Counties under a state of emergency.

D'Amato says the DEC can't control the lake levels, but they can do their best to help people who are impacted.

"What we're trying to do working with other agencies is expedite our permitting," said D'Amato. "Trying to get people approvals that they need either to do emergency work or eventually when the water recedes, longer term protection for their shoreline."

D'Amato says the agency has sent more than a million sandbags to help mitigate flooding and are expediting permits for property owners to rebuild.

"Financial services is trying to help people with insurance," said D'Amato. "All the state agencies are trying to do what they can with Mother Nature's lack of cooperation to try to help folks out that are affected by this."

Several boaters docked along Irondequiot Bay have yet to take their boats out of the water. Some are hoping to do so by Memorial Fay weekend, but there is still a no wake rule on the bay.

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