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Additional National Guard members deployed ahead of flooding

Additional National Guard members deployed ahead of flooding

May 10, 2019 04:01 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- One hundred additional members of the New York National Guard were deployed to assist with preparations in the eight counties impacted by the potential Lake Ontario flooding. 

Gov. Cuomo made the announcement Friday adding that residents and local officials who may be impacted by the potential flooding should intensify their preparations as a slow moving storm will bring heavy rain and winds to the region this weekend. 

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The additional National Guard deployments bring the total number of National Guard members to 200. 

So far, the state has deployed over 850,000 sandbags, 18 sandbaggers, hundreds of pumps, and over 3,200 feet of aquadam to the potentially impacted regions. 

"To those living in lakefront communities: remember 2017, remember the flooding. The water will most likely come back to the same areas to almost the exact same spot. If you had damage in 2017, don't wait for the floods to come. Please call your local supervisor, your local major and tell them you need help so they can call the state," Governor Cuomo said. "We're going to call up another 100 National Guard today. So we have National Guard, we have aquadam, we have sandbags, we have pumps, we have people deployed. But we need to know where they need to be deployed before the fact." 

The governor is also urging local officials to work with their county emergency managers to submit any resource needs directly into NY Responds which is a system that allows local governments and state agencies to submit and share vital emergency-related information and resource requests. 

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