Ellen Abbott Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered. State preparing for 'worst case scenario' as Lake Ontario rises By Ellen Abbott • Apr 30, 2019 State officials say they are on alert and ready for potential Lake Ontario flooding in the coming weeks. In Sodus Point Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a series of steps the state is taking to prevent flooding in the event of a rain storm later this week. "We have the National Guard on call, we are starting to deploy a structure called an Aquadam, which is basically a temporary dam that can be put in place along properties," Cuomo said.