Village Update – April 25, 2019
I’m sure you have all seen or heard about our rising water levels. Last Friday, the USACE forecast indicated an 11-inch rise over the next 4 weeks. That would put the level at 247.3 at that time. This was the first forecast to take us above 247 and it was a big jump from the prior week’s forecasts. We are currently very close to 247 with rain forecast tomorrow. The rise last week was caused in part by the rain we had but more so by the 30%+ drop in the outflow rate implemented by the IJC. This was implemented to protect Montreal as the treaty calls for. The Ottawa river basin also had rain last week and they have significant snowpack remaining. The IJC did raise the outflow a very small amount twice yesterday. Hopefully, that trend will continue.
We met with Wayne County Emergency Management yesterday. We have ordered the pumps, sandbags and other equipment needed to keep our village dry. We expect to learn tomorrow when we will receive our request. Much of it is nearby from what we understand.
The Wayne County Corrections inmates will be in the village beginning next Wednesday to make sandbags. At this point we plan to make and store them. We have requested NYS resources to deploy them in a 5 day window if needed. We are meeting again next Wednesday to review where the water levels are and adjust any plans to insure we stay ahead of the water.
All the work on the wastewater system is complete except raising the 3 lowest lift stations. That contract was recently awarded and we should learn their schedule in the next couple of weeks.
The NYS DEC will be stocking 28,000 brown trout next Tuesday about 1:30 pm in the county park if you are interested. There is another scheduled for May 13th at the same time.
Brush pick up has begun. The first time was huge and took the better part of 4 days. This week was more normal. Details on the program can be found at https://soduspoint.info/highway-trees-parks/brush-schedule/ Please adhere to these guidelines to ensure a smooth program.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out.