State of emergency declared for Orleans County

Lake levels are rising higher with recent rainfall

ALBION, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - A state of emergency has been declared in Orleans County. 

County Chairman, David Callard, declared the state of emergency late Thursday afternoon in response to rising lake levels as rainfall continues. 

Orleans County and New York State Emergency Management Officials conducted inspections of conditions along the lakeshore in anticipation of adverse weather conditions that may cause water levels to rise further. 

County officials say they are working to request additional resources from the state. Those resources will include sand bags and technical assistance. 

The emergency order states that all boat traffic along the lake shores is to operate at idle speed only, causing no wake. The speed order extends out to a distance of 500 feet. 

Orleans County Highways has positioned ninety tons of sand in the towns of Carlton, Kendall, and Yates early Thursday morning, in anticipation of the rising water levels. All three towns have been in contact with county officials. They are expected to follow the county's lead and declare a state of emergency for the individual towns as well. 

Sheriff Randy Bower has offered work crews from the county jail, should sand bagging operations become necessary. 

The declaration states there is currently no threat to public safety. 



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