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Some residents still hoping to beat flood waters approaching homes

May 7, 2017

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The sandbags keep coming as a constant stream of cars lined up to collect them in Greece to combat rising water levels on Lake Ontario's shoreline and area ponds.

Julie DeMunck is a Greece resident who lives on Long Pond.

"We're not in as bad shape as some people, but we're lower on the pond. So its all coming up and taking the front of our property away and washing out underneath."

DeMunck says its been a family effort trying keep her house safe.

"My husband got the first load, and then he got another load, and then he sent me for this load. I think 25 they give you at a time."

Don's Original on Culver Road
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Plenty of people have been rushing to work proactively to keep water from entering their basements including Kim Unger who was helping her sister on Long Pond.

"This is our 5th trip here this morning and we've gotten like 250 sand bags."

Unger said the pond has reached her sister's yard, and that they worked all day Thursday and Sunday to create a divide.

John Quester was also helping a family member, his mother-in-law on Cranberry Pond.

"Her house is pretty low so we're putting sandbags all across the front. They got several hundred last weekend."

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Quester said they got at least another hundred bags Sunday. Their efforts have been working he said, but they still needed more layers to protect her home.

If water has already reached your home, officials say first responders will respond to pump out standing water. Call 911 and request help from your local fire department.

New York State has also created the Lake Ontario Flood Assistance Hotline. Residents can call the hotline for the latest flooding forecast, help with flood mitigation measures including sandbags or for technical assistance regarding on-site repairs.  The number is 1-866-244-3839.