Flood waters recede in Sandy Creek area

Flood waters in the Town of Sandy Creek west of Route 3 along the shoreline of Lake Ontario are beginning to recede today, town officials reported, but people in the area should continue to use caution and follow flood safety tips.

The water has receded about 8 inches overnight following flooding that occurred along North Pond in the Town of Sandy Creek. While the water is continuing to recede, town officials stressed, the levels are still not back below normal and changes in weather conditions could cause them to rise again.

Town Supervisor Nancy Ridgeway, Town Highway Superintendent Mike Kastler, and County Legislator Margaret Kastler (1st District), along with Oswego County Emergency Management Office Director Dale A. Currier continue to monitor the situation closely. Highway Superintendent Kastler said roads in the area, especially ones that have had water over them, are being watched carefully.

“People should continue be very aware of their surroundings,” Town Supervisor Ridgeway said. Residents and property owners west of Route 3 in the town should continue to check their residences and ensure their propane and other gas tanks are secured. If necessary, they should turn off electrical power.

People who have a life-threatening situation should call 911.

“We also have a concern for ice fishermen on Sandy Pond,” Highway Superintendent Kastler said. “We urge them to use extreme caution and to check the New York State Department of Conservation web site (http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7733.html)  for recommended guidelines on ice thickness.”

Highway Superintendent Kastler reminded travelers not to drive over flooded roadways.

Town officials have lined up a source of bottled water in the event it’s necessary, Town Supervisor Ridgeway said.  “We’re fortunate to have the assistance of the Salvation Army in our town,” she said.

Town residents with questions or needing assistance other than life-threatening situations may email the town supervisor at scsupervisor@frontiernet.net, or call the town hall at 315/387-5456 during business hours. For updates, people can go to the town’s web page at www.sandycreekny.us.

The governor’s declaration of a State of Emergency for heavy lake effect snow on the Tug Hill last week includes Oswego County and is still in effect, Currier said. County Emergency Management and town officials are working to secure state resources to aid the flooding situation in the town.

 

 

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