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Wayne and Orleans counties under states of emergency

April 20, 2017 06:29 PM

Joining Wayne County, the Orleans County sheriff has declared a state of emergency due to the high levels of Lake Ontario.

The Orleans County Sheriff says they are anticipating the already high water levels will continue to rise headed into the weekend. County workers are asking for additional state resources to help with sandbags and other "technical assistance."

The county highway department has 90 tons of sand ready to go in Carlton, Kendall and the Town of Yates. The sheriff says he has offered work crews from the county jail to help with sandbagging -- if necessary.

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In Wayne County, at Arney's Marina, normally there is a dock. But Thursday, it is under water.

People in Sodus Point expect things to only get worse earlier Thursday evening. We spoke with a homeowner who says he has water under his cottage, but he told us his neighbors have water on the floor.

"Over the past few days, the Village of Sodus has filled and placed over 15,000 sandbags," says LeRoy. "It's crazy, we've got people in there I would say in their 80s who are desperately trying to save their property. They're out there filling sandbags."

LeRoy says the biggest concern right now is the sewer system. If it floods, it will not only affect every home in the area and force an evacuation, it could put E. coli and Coliform bacteria into Lake Ontario.

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