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May 3, 2017

Flood Hotline Established for Residents Impacted by Lake Ontario Water Levels

OSWEGO COUNTY - Dale Currier, Oswego County Director of Emergency Management, announced Wednesday morning that Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a Lake Ontario flood assistance hotline for residents affected by Lake Ontario flooding.

People who are affected by the high water levels of Lake Ontario may call 866-244-3839 for the latest flooding forecast, help with flood mitigation measures such as sandbags, and for technical assistance regarding on-site repairs to their property.

"A lakeshore flood warning remains in effect for the east shore of Lake Ontario, covering Oswego and Jefferson counties, until 4 p.m. this afternoon," said Currier. "The Oswego County Emergency Management Office is working closely with the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and our local municipalities, to monitor the impact of the rising water level."

Currier said Oswego County has received 30,000 sandbags from New York State. The sandbags are being distributed to highway superintendents in shoreline towns affected by the high water levels.

As a result of the flooding, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Oswego, Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, St. Lawrence and Wayne counties. The designation allows local officials to expedite repairs to impacted structures and implement shoreline stabilization projects.

For additional information, call the NYS Lake Ontario flood assistance hotline at 866-244-3839. Oswego County residents may request sandbags by contacting their local highway superintendent. A list of highways superintendents is posted at http://www.oswegocounty.com/legislature/county%20directory%202017.pdf

To receive official emergency information from New York State agencies, subscribe to NY-ALERT https://www.nyalert.gov/, the state's free, customizable, all-hazards notification system.

More safety tips for staying safe before, during, and after floods and other storms can be found on the DHSES website: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/.


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