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Ontario County braces for more rain on Thursday: Sandbags available for residents

Ontario County leaders are bolstering flood defenses as they prepare for another round of heavy rainfall, mere days after some areas of the county experienced significant flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch, effective from 8 a.m. Thursday, for Ontario and Wayne counties, triggering county emergency operations teams to review and enact contingency plans.

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County Administrator Chris DeBolt said teams are conducting extensive preparatory work including debris removal from waterways, clearing culverts, and ensuring storm basins are prepared to handle potential floodwater. Additionally, sandbags are being made available for residents at the Canandaigua City School District Administrative Building from 10 a.m. Thursday.

DeBolt also urged local residents to prepare for potential displacement, recommending they prepare a ‘to-go’ bag with essential items. Further caution has been advised due to the closure of Kershaw Park, Deep Run Park, and Onanda Park swimming beaches. The closures come after laboratory testing found elevated levels of E. coli and other coliform bacteria in Canandaigua Lake, exceeding New York beach water quality standards following recent flooding.