The town of Greece recently installed an aqua dam along lakeside residential properties on Old Edgemere Drive.
The aqua dam was installed at this location last year at the request of Supervisor Bill Reilich in response to waters flooding through a vacant property in the area. This location — a low area on the Lake Ontario shoreline — was the site of extensive waters that ran through the property and caused flooding in the road in 2017.
The aqua dam protected the neighborhood from further flooding, infrastructure stress and damage. It prevented continued flooding, allowed the road to be kept clear of floodwaters for the benefit of lakeshore residents and emergency service vehicles and protected the town’s road, storm sewer and sanitary sewer systems from increased damage.
New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control representatives coordinated the aqua dam installation with assistance by Greece Department of Public Works crew members.
“The Greece town board and I are doing everything in our power to combat potential flooding this year,” Reilich said. “I am excited to inform residents that the requested aqua dam has arrived and is installed. We have been proactive in addressing potential flooding by installing 11 storm sewer shut-off valves to prevent floodwaters from flooding town roads, requesting the sandbag machine again to help provide sandbags to Greece shoreline residents and commissioned the construction of a berm along Round Pond, where we experienced the most severe continuous flooding. I will keep residents updated on the installation process and other resources that will be available.”