Residents Along Lake Ontario Prepare for High Waves
The effects of the storm could be felt harder along the Lake Ontario shoreline than in most places.
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Power and fury.
"Yeah, almost looks like the ocean,” said Mark Quinn, Monroe County Parks.
A precursor of what's to come.
"Some real great waves out there."
All along the Lake Ontario shoreline – anticipation.
"I think the wind's gonna be a concern with trees and power lines coming down."
High winds were apparent early in the day, and only expected to get worse.
"For all the years I've been coming out here this is the roughest I've seen it. So it's a sight to be seen,” said Jack Rosati, Chili.
"Our staff's ready to go, firefighters are ready to go,” said Deputy Chief James O’Coin of the Lakeshore Fire Department.
Fire departments along the lake say they're well-prepared to handle whatever Sandy brings.
“Right, now we're in a wait and see mode with it. We don’t know what the impact's going to be, but we prepare for the worst so that way we're ready,” O’Coin said.
The big concern along the Lake Ontario shoreline is not just the wind but also the water. Some forecasters predicted waves of 20 feet, and maybe beyond.
"Hopefully it's not as bad as what they're saying, but Mother Nature is Mother Nature,” said Craig Heston.
Sandy's threat brings anticipation for lakeshore homeowners like Craig.
"Got a little buffer, though it's surged up 10 to 12 feet already. It's rescinded, but I'm sure it'll be up higher than it's been already."
There's anticipation at Ontario Beach Park, where crews bagged sand to place around a 100-plus-year-old carousel.
“It's a low lying area, down close to the beach. We feel it's prudent to just be a little extra cautious and make sure we don’t have any flooding,” Quinn said.
Crews in Greece placed sand bags around a Monroe County Water Authority plant, hoping for the best.
"Oh they're very effective, as long as the water's not higher than the sandbags."
Speaking of power and fury....
"Just came out here to check out some of the waves," said Jamie Krolak.
It can also mean beauty for adventurous types with cameras. Jamie Krolak ventured out onto the Charlotte Pier to take it all in.
"It's pretty intense. Some of the bigger waves starting to roll in, bigger intensity and size now."
And only expected to get bigger. Amidst the uncertainly one thing is certain. Sandy won't go quietly.
"It's something you won’t see very often, that's for sure."