Irondequoit adds ‘aqua dams’ along lake

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Irondequoit is taking preventive steps to stop any potential Lake Ontario flooding this year.

Crews from NYS Homeland Security were installing “aqua dams” around an apartment complex in Irondequoit Thursday. The plastic structures, owned by NYS Homeland security, are filled with water and can protect the building from any storm surges.

The site manager, Dave Griffo, says the aqua dams use a lot fewer resources than what they had before.

“We had six trash pumps heavily manned with four guys for 32 hours, 40 hours nonstop, rotating, to keep the water out of the courtyard,” said Griffo. “We had two storms after the aqua dam was installed and it kept water from encroachment of the courtyard.”

The state approved the installation of the aqua dams.

Right now, lake levels are about a foot above normal and forecasters expect levels to rise another four inches or so in the next month — which is normal for this time of the year but leaves residents apprehensive about more flooding.

However, the IJC, which regulates lake levels, does not expect serious flooding this year.

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