OLCOTT, N.Y. (WIVB) — Emergency crews in Niagara County continue their work to prevent flood damage due to rising Lake Ontario waters.
For residents of Olcott, any amount of rain can come as a concern, as Lake Ontario’s water level continues to rise.
Ahead of Saturday night’s storm, emergency crews got to work earlier this week preparing for potential damage.
“Unfortunately, with the continuous rising of Lake Ontario and the waters over the last few weeks, and through this past weekend, the local fire departments have been busy with operations of pumping not only in Olcott, but in Wilson, too,” Niagara County Director of Emergency Services Jonathan Schultz said.
Several fire departments from across the county worked throughout the week to put preventative measures in place. This includes adding an AquaDam near the water in Olcott in order to prevent homes and businesses from being damaged.
Schultz says a 300-foot-long sandbag wall was built to protect the Olcott Yacht Club from the large waves that were coming up over the wall.
Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for eight counties impacted by Lake Ontario flooding, while directing National Guard members to be on standby for deployment.
At the time, Cuomo said the state was preparing for flooding like what happened in 2017, when many homes and businesses were damaged.
Moving forward, Schultz says his office will continue to work with state officials and keep an eye out for potential flooding, He also says residents who have concerns can contact their local emergency crews.