Watching the Wind in Sodus
Bay areas along Lake Ontario could be the most susceptible to flooding. Leaders in Sodus, Wayne County, say they are more concerned with the wind than possible lakeshore flooding.
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Waves were already crashing over breakwalls near Sodus Point well before noon on Monday. Forecasters call for waves as high as 22 feet along the south shore of Lake Ontario, putting a lakeshore flood warning in effect.
Village and town leaders met with emergency personnel to prepare for the remnants of Sandy. For Mayor Chris Tertinek, this is a new experience for him as he's only been in office since September.
"This is sort of a two way street here, getting everybody together to be ready for it as well as since I've never been through any emergency before, I know it's a learning experience for me also. And I want to make sure we do the best for the community," Tertinek said.
The mayor believes high winds bringing down trees and limbs are the biggest concern for his community.
Seven-year Town Supervisor Steve LeRoy says the expectations of Sandy are nothing he hasn't dealt with before.
"We've had ice storms, we've certainly had high winds in the past that have reached 50, 60 miles per hour. This, obviously, we don't know what the outcome's going to be yet. Our one saving grace is we have very low water levels right now. So we're hoping this isn't as bad as it could have been if we had high water," LeRoy said.
Residents and business owners along Sodus Point are approaching this storm in different ways. Some say they're quite concerned while others believe it's not that big a deal.
Carol Cleeland has lived along Sodus Bay for 15 years. She says storms have come and gone with little or no damage to her home. She wasn't too concerned about this one until learning that waves could be in excess of 20 feet.
"I am now. I wasn't but that would bring the water here, that's for sure."
But with the low water levels behind her home, 60 to 70 miles per hour wind gusts are now her main worry.
"When it comes out of the north it's the worst for us through here."
Captain Jack's is one of the few Sodus Point restaurants that remain open year around. Owner Tom Frank says he and his staff strapped down the back of the building along the waterfront, fearing it could be lifted off because of strong northerly winds. Frank says it's something he's never had a problem with before.
"Previous owner did and I'm just taking precautions for it not to happen because if it takes that there's all glass panels underneath and it will actually peel the glass up," Frank said.
Town and village emergency personnel are on standby throughout the storm to help residents with downed trees and limbs and also pump water from basements if needed.