SODUS POINT, NY (WROC) — A new push to address the extensive damage from those floods two years ago in Sodus Point.
The Army Corps of Engineers joined local leaders to look at the battered break wall to see what can be done to hold back Lake Ontario when it rises again.
We’re told the break wall on Sodus Point is starting to fail and, if it’s not fixed in time, it could cause even worse damage than the first time.
Representative John Katko was on hand Thursday assessing the damage. He’s helped secure funding for the Army Corps of Engineers to do engineering and design for the new break wall project.
Now, they need to secure funding to do construction. Katko says it could end up costing millions of dollars, but they’re currently doing a study to figure out exactly how much.
Katko and residents of Sodus Point say they consider the need for this project urgent.
“There’s a lot of holes in that wall and it’s just a matter of time before it gives way and if it gives way the big waves coming off Lake Ontario could come right in and slam in and cause serious damage,” said Rep. John Katko.
“If that happens again I’m not sure what the community’s going to do because it really devastated the local business industry and tourist trade and local folks when that happened,” explains Jeffrey Stuck, Sodus Point resident.
Both men say any more damage to the shoreline would have a serious economic impact. To keep Sodus Point as safe as possible, we’re told the project has a 50-year design life and they considered things like water level and wave action while creating it.