Sodus may need to shut down sewer system if flooding gets worse

April 20, 2017 11:28 PM

The high water levels around Lake Ontario along with the heavy rain we saw Thursday has residents in Sodus worried about their sewer system.

"We're going to experience floods like this about every five years," says Tom Piekunka. "…Can't use our waterfront and worst of all our sewer system."

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Tom Piekunka says this is a crappy situation -- literally. If the water keeps rising on Lake Ontario, not only could it damage homes, it could overload the sewer system, forcing officials to shut down the sewer and water lines and evacuate homeowners.

"And all that raw sewage will come out of our manhole covers, out of our clean outs," he says. "It could potentially come out through our toilets and bathtubs."

"That's a valid concern," says Sodus Town Supervisor Steve LeRoy. "We could be leaching coliform and E. coli back into that lake, if the sewers get breached."

Local leaders blame the flooding on Plan 2014. It's an agreement between the U.S. and Canada and the International Joint Commission to increase the wetlands by allowing the lake to rise to its natural levels. The goal: to increase the wetlands and encourage northern pike spawning and muskrat colonies. But right now the water is above flood stage and members of this community are losing sleep.

"I'm mad about, you're darn right, I'm mad about it," says LeRoy.

"I think our government has let us down. Our local government is very good, but it's fallen deaf and they don't realize the impact."

It's a plan many in this region have been fighting for a decade including LeRoy. "So now that we're stuck with it, I hope they're satisfied and I hope they're ashamed of themselves. Now maybe now when they see the damaged they've caused, they'll help us to try to relieve some of this problem."


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