Town Of Lyme Protecting Shoreline, Bracing For High Water

Town Of Lyme Protecting Shoreline, Bracing For High Water

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Fifty-two miles of shoreline stretches along the town of Lyme. Town officials say it is the most of any town along Lake Ontario.

Because of that, Chaumont Fire Chief Fred Jackson and his crew are making rounds preparing for the flooding that feels inevitable.

"I know it looks low right now, but it's suppose to come up another 10 inches. So 10 inches is probably going to put it really close to what it was two years ago so folks keep that in mind that that water is probably going to be that high again," said Chief Fred Jackson.

On Saturday, town officials met to talk about the plan going forward. Between what the area experienced in 2017 and the town's disaster plan, Lyme Town Supervisor Scott Aubertine says they're ahead of it. But this year, people will have to help themselves as well.

"If they are elderly or disabled or unable to do that themselves, they can give me a call," stated Aubertine.

One of those calls for help was answered by the fire department with these sandbags earlier in the week.

Another help is residents who were proactive since the last flood. In May 2017, officials rushed to put sandbags down at a home on Chaumont's Water Street.
Now two years later, a break wall is going to stand a lot better chance against the flooding than sandbags did.

As far as sandbags go, Jackson and Aubertine say the state has been a big help. In 2017, the people in the town were making them. This time, the state is taking care of that.

"So far they're keeping up with the supply and demand from what I understand and we can get sandbags whenever we need them. All we do is have to go through the proper channels to get those," explained Chief Fred Jackson.

The town of Lyme has sandbags to give out to its residents to protect their homes.

Aubertine says town residents can call him with any questions. His phone number is 315-767-8814.

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