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Canandaigua Flood Update: Kershaw Beach Remains Closed


Ontario County Administrator Chris DeBolt issued the following update regarding the response to last weekend’s flooding in Canandaigua.

“Ontario County, New York State, and local municipal partners continue to respond to the flooding event from July 9th.

As of Friday, power has been restored to all but a handful of homes within the affected area. Residents continue working to clean out debris and demolished damaged portions of their homes with the assistance of neighbors and various non-profit volunteer organizations.

In anticipation of more precipitation in the City and surrounding areas over the weekend, Ontario County and the City of Canandaigua will continue to make sandbags available for residents at the City of Canandaigua School District Administrative Building located at 143 North Pearl Street until supplies run out. Pallets of sandbags have also been deployed in residential areas of the City that were most significantly impacted.

Based on the most recent water sampling test results received on Friday, Town of Canandaigua beaches at Butler Road and Onanda Park as well as the beach at Deep Run Park are open. The City of Canandaigua beach at Kershaw Park remains closed at this time.

The weather forecast for the next several days calls for additional rain and the potential for thunderstorms that could bring significant precipitation and cause additional flooding within the City of Canandaigua or other areas of Ontario County. We urge residents to be aware, monitor the weather forecast and be prepared to act quickly if additional flooding does occur. Residents should consider preparing ‘go bags’ containing needed medication, phone charges, important documents and other essentials.

Furthermore, the Flood Information Center will open Monday, July 17th at the Chamber of Commerce office at 113 South Main Street. Impacted residents are invited to visit from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday for flood recovery information, resources, and practical guidance.

Ontario County would like to thank our various non-profit partners and the extraordinary efforts of the first responders and community members throughout this incident. Those impacted by this event are still in need of assistance and support and the community organizations in and around Canandaigua have stepped up to help meet these needs. We encourage all members of our communities to consider reaching out to our non-profit partners to see how they can best assist those in our community that still need help.”

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