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Sodus Point Mayor: "We were a lot more prepared this year."

Jun 4, 2019
Originally published on June 1, 2019 2:14 pm

Despite the high water, Sodus Point Mayor Dave McDowell says the village is in good shape for the season.

"We were a lot more prepared this year."

McDowell says they learned a lot from 2017 and have been preparing for potential flooding since January.

As a result, businesses are open, people are enjoying beaches and even fishing tournaments. He says some residents have also been able to raise their homes and break walls. But like many communities along the south shore of the lake, McDowell says they’re still looking for more help from the state and federal government.

"The money has always been competitive, and you need to spend a lot of money up front to even know what money to ask for."

Recently, the governor announced a new initiative to evaluate the shoreline and the potential to build resiliency in waterfront communities.

McDowell says he’s optimistic, but also that he thinks steps should have been taken before the lake level management plan was changed.

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