Monroe County officials provided another update Monday evening to their response to Sandy's impact on the area.
Hurricane Sandy has already started to affect our area and at the Monroe County Emergency Operations Center, where they have been tracking the storm throughout the day, they say they expect Sandy to escalate as we head into Tuesday.
That's why around 8 p.m. Monday they declared a mandatory evacuation for all residents living in the low-lying areas along the Lake Ontario shoreline.
Around 2,250 residents are being asked to evacuate their homes in parts of Hamlin, Parma, Irondequoit, Rochester, and Greece.
The National Weather Service has reported that waves in that area could reach up to ten feet and gusts up to 65 mph are expected as the storm continues. Residents are being notified by hyper alert 911 calls, public safety officers will also be stopping by individual homes.
"I'm sure that there are people who will choose to stay in their homes and we are not going to force them to leave, but we are calling this mandatory. I think that should signal to people that we believe the weather event is going to escalate to the point that they're public safety could be compromised," said Maggie Brooks, (R), County Executive.
There are five shelters available in Monroe County. The Dome Arena is the only shelter accepting pets. There are also six pick up stops if you need transportation to those shelters.
Emergency Shelters in Monroe County:
Sweden Community Center, Lake Road, Brockport
Greece Olympia High School, Maiden Lane, Greece
Dome Arena, East Henrietta Road, Henrietta (only shelter to allow pets)
Brighton Presbyterian Church, East Avenue, Brighton
Webster Recreation Center, Chiyoda Drive, Webster
RTS pick-up locations:
Hamlin Town Hall, Lake Road, Hamlin
Parma Town Hall, Hilton-Parma Corners Road, Parma
Greece Town Hall, Vince Tofany Blvd, Greece
Charlotte High School, Lake Avenue
Irondequoit Town Hall, Titus Avenue, Irondequoit
Webster Town Hall, Ridge Road, Webster
"Reasonable expectation is here you'll be out of your property for 24 hours so when you think of the choice you're making here, balance those two things is it better for me to simply leave this property for a short period of time or should I risk it," said Tom Richards, (D), Rochester mayor.
Richards' message to all residents is to make personal safety your top priority to ensure public safety. He asks if you are in an evacuation zone to please leave until the end of the storm; otherwise please stay home.