High Water Level Resource Page

Road / Lane Closures | Sandbags | Mosquitos | Storm Recovery Permits

***A State of Emergency has been declared in Irondequoit amidst rising water levels on
Lake Ontario and the Irondequoit Bay***

Supervisor David Seeley has declared a State of Emergency in the Town of Irondequoit, amidst rising water levels on Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay.

The Declaration was accompanied by an immediate Emergency Order to regulate vessel speed on Irondequoit Bay. Effective at 5pm on May 12, 2017:

  • All vessels on Irondequoit Bay shall travel at an idle speed when within 500 feet of the Shore, and create no wake
  • All vessels on Irondequoit Bay beyond 500 feet from the shoreline shall travel at a speed to not exceed 5 mph.

This Emergency Order was developed in conjunction with the Town of Penfield, the Town of Webster and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Both Penfield and Webster have executed similar emergency orders stating that vessels shall travel at idle speeds within 500 feet of their respective shorelines.

The emergency order remains in effect until it is determined that the water levels do not pose a danger to public safety, health and public or private property.

The State of Emergency and Executive order are effective at 5pm on May 12, 2017.

The Town of Irondequoit continues to monitor daily the rising water levels along Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay. We have compiled a list of resources that we hope are beneficial to those affected.

Road / Lane Closures:

As of Friday, May 12

  • Bay Front South (near Irondequoit Bay West Park)
  • St Paul Blvd (northernmost portion in Summerville, near the bus turn-around)
  • Secret Cove Park Road (Irondequoit Bay Boat launch turn-around)

Motorists should be advised that the following streets are open but standing water is present:

  • Shore Drive
  • Seneca Ave.

Please note that this list may not have the latest closures. If you have questions, please call the Operations Center at 336-6090.


Sandbags are available to residents at the temporary Public Works Operations Center at 2180 East Ridge Road. Please call 336-6090 with any questions.

Sandbag Tips

Mosquitos - Standing Water:

Given the abnormal amount of rainfall this spring, many residents, along the shorelines and throughout Town, are dealing with stagnant pools of water settled on their property. In an effort to help mitigate potential harm from excessive mosquitoes in the area, residents are advised to purchase “mosquito dunks,” or larvicide, pellets that contain a naturally occurring bacteria that help to control mosquitoes before they become flying adults. For more information on this practice of controlling mosquito problems as a result of pooling water, please refer to the following link, https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/13035.pdf, from New York State’s Health Department or contact the Monroe County Health Department.

Storm Recovery Permits:

Many residents have inquired about permitting for storm recovery permits. The US Army Corps of Engineers and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will jointly be conducting an expedited review of waterfront permits, including erosion control structures and other property along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

More information can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/89343.html. The Town will continue to provide information for homeowners, as it becomes available. Residents may call the Supervisor's with question at 336-6029.