Crews urge onlookers to 'stay away' amid flooding

May 28, 2019 06:20 PM

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The northeast winds hitting our area Tuesday aided in kicking up the waves in Lake Ontario. 

Now, homeowners and emergency crews alike are scrambling as the water overtakes yards, basements and in some cases, the first floor of some homes, even causing multiple road closures


News10NBC's Robert Speta spoke with residents in Greece who say the flooding today is just as bad, if not worse, that it was two years ago. 

The Lake Shore Fire Department, for instance, has already received dozens of calls from people due to flooding in homes. 

"The call value is up this morning. Calls started coming in around 8:30 a.m. We started getting calls for service. The biggest thing we are asking for people that do not live on the streets is to stay away. These residents have enough going on to maintain what they need to do at their houses and stuff without onlookers coming down and doing cameras and things," said James O'Cui, fire chief. "Right now we have about 20 people on staff and we have mutual aid coming in from neighboring districts if we need." 

Remember, if you do not need to be out there, stay away.

So far, our crews have already run into quite a few traffic jams due to a combination of emergency workers, onlookers and residents alike, and with some roads completely flooded, you do not want to add to the problems crews are already dealing with. 


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