Oswego County Declares State Of Emergency Along Shoreline

Oswego County Declares State Of Emergency Along Shoreline

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A state of emergency has been declared in Oswego County because of high water levels.

A news release from county Legislature chair James Weatherup announced the declaration on Tuesday.

The release says it's due to flooding conditions from the town of Oswego to the town of Sandy Creek.

Weatherup also issued an emergency order for a no-wake zone for boats 1,000 feet or less from shore along Lake Ontario and its tributaries.

That includes the Oswego Harbor, the Port of Oswego, Mexico Point, Port Ontario, South Sandy Pond, and North Sandy Pond. 

All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within those waterways must operate at an idle speed.

That order is because of high water levels and floating debris that can cause hazardous conditions.

Weatherup says the emergency declaration allows the county and local agencies "to take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure, and provide such emergency assistance deemed necessary."

The emergency declaration and the no-wake order are in effect until further notice.

The moves come as state and local governments deploy sandbags and aqua dams to communities along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline to prepare them for potential flooding.

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