The lake has continued to rise. We have our emergency management meeting next week and I expect we will declare a state of emergency at that time. We need to get the existing sandbag walls reviewed for both height and sturdiness. That will help inform us regarding how many sandbags are needed. We have already put that request into the state. More actions will soon follow. Outflows are now at 9,000 cm/s, high but not high enough. I am meeting with John Katko’s office next week on the high water.
On the REDI front, Tom Hart was here this week to take core samples of possible sand sources for the Beach Dune. He picked a very cold day to be on the bay. We owe Krenzer Marine a big thank you as they put a boat into the water for Tom to use. Those samples are now at a lab in Syracuse to see what percentage is actually sand. Tom also got a note out to the members of the advisory group for that project. They will meet later next week.
For the stormwater project, the Engineering Report Draft will be reviewed next week. We have begun to talk with residents from which we will need easements for pump stations. The balance of the team is focused on moving the design to the 50% stage which will entail focusing on all the details and working with the topography. All the visuals from the open house are now on the web site. There is also a feedback/suggestion form for this project on the web site. That is a great way to provide input.
A preliminary discussion with DEC was held for both Lakestones and White Birch projects. Each has its own challenges and DEC was able to provide some direction. Visuals for this project are now up in the village hall and will be on the web site next week. All of the visuals so far represent current and past conditions. In both cases, we want to build the revetment where the 2010 waterline was. This is especially important at White Birch so that we can get the right repose on the bank to prevent further erosion. The engineer has made contact with the Lake Bluff residents responsible for that revetment that goes back 10-15 years for helpful information.
It appears we will get notified in advance of the FEMA representatives showing up in the village. They have provided a 2-week schedule and plan to continue to do that. We will share that information when we get notified they will be in the village.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out.