Sodus Point prepares for high water

May 2, 2019

Arney's Marina on Sodus Bay keeps their pump running constantly to prevent water from flooding the building.
Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI News

Around Sodus Point you can already see the effects of high water levels. Take Arney’s Marina on the bay -- their service dock is underwater, and a pump runs constantly to keep water out of the building.

Mayor Dave McDowell says they filled hundreds of sandbags Wednesday and are going to start setting them up around the village next week. He's also declaring a state of emergency this week in order to set up equipment like pumps and hoses throughout town.

After major flooding hit the area in the summer of 2017, McDowell says residents are concerned the same could happen again this year so they’re taking what precautions they can.

"Hopefully we can get through this and not have to face it year after year after year," McDowell said.

But, he notes, he doesn’t want all this preparation to keep people from coming to visit when the weather gets nice.

"Basically nothing’s going to change," he said. "We’re going to be open. Normal hours, normal activities."