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Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) toured flood-ravaged portions of Lake Ontario Monday, saying he expects the entire Lake Ontario shoreline will be declared a disaster area shortly. That would allow homeowners, businesses and governments to access federal disaster dollars. He also presented a three-tiered plan to deal with the record high water levels.

Resentment growing against IJC and Plan 2014

Jun 13, 2019
NCPR

As Lake Ontario lingers at record highs, public outcry against the group that manages lake levels continues to rise.

Courtesy of National Weather Service Buffalo

Heavy rains, thunderstorms and strong winds swept through Western New York early Saturday evening.

Payne Horning / WRVO News File Photo

It is being called REDI: the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative. The multi-agency task force was introduced during a conference call with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday to help communities along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines deal with high water levels.

Nick Lippa / WBFO News

As water levels along the shore of Lake Ontario continue to rise, newly appointed International Joint Commission members are visiting impacted areas to see things firsthand.

Chris Caya WBFO News

With the level of Lake Ontario expected to keep rising, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is declaring a State of Emergency for lakeside communities. Cuomo made the announcement at the Newfane Marina in Olcott Monday.

Emily Russell

People along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River continue to be anxious as water laps up on docks and decks across the region. The weekend’s rain didn’t help the situation.

Emily Russell

The Thousand Islands is a major tourist destination, but right now it's flooding. Water levels in the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario are higher than average and they’re expected to keep rising.

The threat of high water along the Lake Ontario shoreline is often felt first in low-lying places like Sodus Point.

Village Mayor Dave McDowell says that right now, Sodus Point is about as prepared as it can be.

“We have 40,000 sandbags, give or take, deployed around the low spots of the village, they’re holding; we’ve got National Guard back shoring up a couple of spots on the south side with this heavy south wind, but our streets are all dry, the businesses are all open and thriving,” McDowell said.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Officials in Niagara and Orleans Counties are closely monitoring the rising level of Lake Ontario. If there is flooding the counties may declare states of emergency.

Around Sodus Point you can already see the effects of high water levels. Take Arney’s Marina on the bay -- their service dock is underwater, and a pump runs constantly to keep water out of the building.

Mayor Dave McDowell says they filled hundreds of sandbags Wednesday and are going to start setting them up around the village next week. He's also declaring a state of emergency this week in order to set up equipment like pumps and hoses throughout town.

James Morgan

Major flooding in Canada is still slowing efforts to relieve high water in Lake Ontario through the St. Lawrence River.

Mike Groll, Office of Gov. Cuomo

Water levels in Lake Ontario remain more than a foot above average for this time of year. With rain in the forecast, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to begin deploying resources to protect communities along the lake and the St. Lawrence River - from Buffalo to Massena.

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.

Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey

As Lake Ontario waters rise, so does concern along the lake edge about flooding. The lessons of 2017 are being applied as sandbags are moved into place and blow-up Aquadams are put into place.

Veronica Volk File Photo / WXXI News

Two years ago, there was serious flood damage along the Lake Ontario shore, especially in tourist places like Wilson. The water was well above normal and the winds kept coming from the north, pushing the high water even higher onto the shore and into the boating harbors. This year, the water is high and creeping upward, putting Wilson officials on alert again.

Veronic Volk / WXXI News

In a changing climate, people living on Lake Ontario may be more at risk for flooding and extreme weather, so what compels them to stay?

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The flooding hit Monday, as melting snow and floating ice jammed up in creeks across Erie County, particularly in West Seneca where a few homes were evacuated near Clinton and Union.

Weekend heat may bring weekend floods

Jan 31, 2019
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While Western New Yorkers will look forward to relief from Arctic cold temperatures beginning this weekend, meteorologists and government officials are looking ahead with concern for potential flood problems.

Veronica Volk / WXXI News

Hundreds of state personnel and fleets of vehicles and other equipment are being dispatched to areas of upstate New York recovering from flash flooding earlier this week.

Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

It looks like Lake Ontario may have already reached its peak high for the season, which is good news for lakefront home owners and business owners.

Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

A board that helps oversee the level of Lake Ontario says that while water levels across the lake and the St. Lawrence River have begun their typical spring rise, conditions are a lot better than they were a year ago. There were months of very high lake levels and shoreline damage in 2017.

File Photo / Lockport Police

Nearly $3 million in additional relief funding is going to communities in five upstate New York counties along Lake Ontario to help them recover from last year's flooding.

Payne Horning / WRVO News

New York State lawmakers have included $40 million in this year's budget to help property owners who are still cleaning up from last year's flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

Regulators are pushing a record amount of water out of Lake Ontario to avoid a repeat of last year's flooding.

The return of milder temperatures and a threat of rain could create more ice jam flooding in the coming days.

The National Weather Service has posted a flood watch for people who live near creeks and streams in Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening.

Meteorologists say Buffalo, Cayuga, Cazenovia and Cattaraugus Creeks are typically most prone to ice jams.

Angelica Morrison / Great Lakes Today

Federal recovery aid will be coming to Lake Ontario shoreline communities after President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration for spring and summer flooding.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Homeowners along the Lake Ontario shoreline whose property was damaged by floods this year have until Friday to apply for state-funded relief.

Trump's Texas Visit Highlights Federal Response Effort

Aug 29, 2017

Updated at 6:06 p.m. ET

President Trump visited Texas on Tuesday to show support for residents reeling from the effects of Hurricane Harvey and to assess the first stages of the federal recovery effort.

As Hurricane Harvey churned toward the Texas coast, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told people to stay put. Don't evacuate, he said. Ride out the storm.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sounded a different note, telling Houstonians that if he were living in the area, he'd head north. "If you have the ability to evacuate and go someplace else for a little while, that would be good."

Local officials, in response, doubled down on their advice: Don't go.

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