Lake Ontario residents thankful for sandbags, but overwhelmed by flooding

Updated: Jun. 11, 2019 at 5:14 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

POINT PENINSULA, N.Y. (WWNY) - Over the weekend, the National Guard distributed tens of thousands of sandbags to a neighborhood on Point Peninsula. But, with the strong winds overnight into Tuesday, the water that’s flooding out yards has no place to go.

Failing Shores Lane is a street holding true to its name on Point Peninsula as Lake Ontario spills out onto properties there.

With strong winds, the water is still creeping in and getting higher.

“They’ve put 10,000 sandbags all around. I had 350 in 2017,” said Shirley Williams, who rents a cottage to visitors each summer.

Those plans were put on hold since her yard is swallowed by water.

“I don’t see where anybody would come here for a relaxing vacation when I can’t open the doors even,” she said.

Up the road, the water is just as high. Thousands of sandbags have been installed there, but neighbors say at this point, that’s not doing them any good.

“Now we still have water, a ton of water. We’re trying to stay positive. We want to thank God they did it, but it’s so difficult to see the positive in it when we have all this water around us,” said Dolores Coates.

Coates and her husband are from Rochester, but have stayed at their camp on the point since 1988.

Coates says with this year’s conditions surpassing 2017, they may call it a year.

“Maybe we’re going to go home. I don’t know what we’re going to do. Maybe we’ll just pack up our food and go home,” she said.

In the meantime, both residents say they’ve considered hooking up sump pumps soon - a temporary fix to clear out the water.

Copyright 2019 WWNY. All rights reserved.