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Cuomo declares state of emergency along Lake Ontario shoreline

Cuomo declares state of emergency along Lake Ontario shoreline
Governor Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for the eight counties impacted by potential Lake Ontario flooding: Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne. The Governor’s order directs state agencies to protect State property and to assist local governments and individuals in responding to and recovering from the flooding. The Governor also directed the Commissioner of the... more

Waterfront restaurant thriving in Fair Haven despite flood concerns

Waterfront restaurant thriving in Fair Haven despite flood concerns
Now entering its sixth year of operations, a once-decaying commercial property on the shore of Little Sodus Bay continues to grow as Turtle Cove Resort & Marina. A little over five years ago, the waterfront property was littered with abandoned trailers, debris and trash, said Brian DiBernardo, Turtle Cove’s owner. The property’s ownership had jumped from management to management over... more

State of Emergency declared in Wayne, Cayuga counties along Lake Ontario

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After Sheriff Barry Virts and other leaders from Wayne County declared a state of emergency along the Lake Ontario shoreline; Sheriff Brian Schenck and leaders from Cayuga County did the same for shoreline in the Town of Sterling. “Water levels in these areas continue to rise to levels that are creating a risk of flooding and shoreline damage,” Schenck said... more

Helming calls on IJC to abolish Plan 2014, assist communities along Lake Ontario

Helming calls on IJC to abolish Plan 2014, assist communities along Lake Ontario
Citing rising water levels on the southern shoreline of Lake Ontario, Senator Helming once again called on the International Joint Commission to abolish Plan 2014 and assist local communities. Many areas are already bracing for flooding, and New York State has deployed sandbagging machines and emergency response resources. In February, Senator Helming and Assemblyman Brian Manktelow, joined by several other... more

Business owners prepare for potential flooding in Fair Haven

Business owners prepare for potential flooding in Fair Haven
How is Fair Haven preparing for possible flooding as Lake Ontario continues to rise? Mayor James Basile said the water level is up 14 inches from 10 days ago and on the cusp of hitting flood level. “We feel nervous you know, we kind of feel like uh not again,” owner of Little Sodus Inn Lisa Evankovich said. Little Sodus... more

Cuomo on rising Lake Ontario water levels: Prepare for the worst, hope for the best

Cuomo on rising Lake Ontario water levels: Prepare for the worst, hope for the best
Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning communities along Lake Ontario to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. In a press briefing Monday, he said that we just have to “accept a new reality that flooding and increased water flow is a new reality,” and that we have to start building for that new reality rather than responding to... more

Communities along Lake Ontario brace for potential flooding

Communities along Lake Ontario brace for potential flooding
Flooding is a recurring problem for neighbors in Fair Haven who live along the lake. In May of 2017 sandbags lined properties there. Docks even beginning to disappear. For the people of Fair Haven it meant their busiest season for tourism was underwater. On Friday, it is another sight no Fair Haven resident wants to see, especially those living along... more

Concerns of flooding in Fair Haven as water levels continue to rise

Concerns of flooding in Fair Haven as water levels continue to rise
With the incoming rain this weekend and water levels creeping up, some communities along the lake have started to sandbag. In Fair Haven, that process hasn’t begun, but they are ready. The International Joint Commission, the group in charge of regulating Lake Ontario's levels, says right now, the water is a little more than a foot above average for this... more

Army Corps of Engineers to start $100K temporary fix for Fair Haven break wall this summer

Army Corps of Engineers to start $100K temporary fix for Fair Haven break wall this summer
A $100,000 construction project will temporarily fix the broken break wall in Fair Haven. It’s a step forward for the tourism-dependent village that is fighting its way back to normalcy after disastrous flooding in 2017. The break wall in Fair Haven remains in shambles following the high water levels of Lake Ontario. On Thursday, the village learned of a $100,000... more

Little Sodus Bay ready for summer, west pier partially closed

Little Sodus Bay ready for summer, west pier partially closed
A popular summer spot, Little Sodus Bay in Cayuga County, will be seeing changes this summer. After the piers that protect the bay from Lake Ontario started showing signs of damage, the Army Corps of Engineers has stepped in. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District’s technical team completed a damage assessment of the Fair Haven east and west... more

Weather blamed for pier damage, wall failure in Fair Haven

Army Corps of Engineers blames weather for Fair Haven pier damage
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is blaming weather events, especially a “significant” storm in late February, for bolt failures and sheet pile damage at the West Barrier Bar Pier in the village of Fair Haven. The Army Corps of Engineers followed its initial damage assessment in mid-March with a site visit two weeks ago to inspect the pier. A... more

Team of engineers working to fix Fair Haven break wall

Fair Haven break wall: engineering team working on temporary fix
Kyle Meddaugh, a Fair Haven native tells CNY Central that “the ball is rolling” when it comes to the break wall along the Lake Ontario. I don’t know. I mean the channel is critical to Fair Haven for getting in and out of the village,” Meddaugh said. It was in February when Kyle Meddaugh stumbled on this damage for the... more

Army Corps of Engineers assesses Fair Haven pier damage, plans repairs

Army Corps of Engineers assesses Fair Haven pier damage, plans repairs
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed an initial damage assessment and is determining options for repairing the West Barrier Bar Pier in Fair Haven. A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers’ Buffalo district said Friday that the initial assessment consisted of a review of photos provided to the agency. The photos helped the agency “better understand the extent... more

Lake Ontario level dips, high outflows continue

Lake Ontario level dips, high outflows continue
Lake Ontario’s water levels decreased slightly last week, but it’s likely not enough to allay concerns about flooding along the shoreline. The Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board, a panel established within the International Joint Commission, announced Friday that the lake’s level dropped 1.6 inches last week. The board attributed the decline to dry weather, evaporation and high outflows. Despite the... more

Village of Fair Haven worried as break wall falls apart along Lake Ontario

Village of Fair Haven worried as break wall falls apart along Lake Ontario
“I stumbled on this damage, you know for the first time in the middle of February in the middle of winter when no one else is down here,” said Kyle Medaugh. Medaugh has been capturing photos of this break wall coming apart, along the West Barrier Bar Pier. He says, the worst of it came at the end of February.... more

Helming calls on Trump nominees to take action on Lake Ontario water level

Helming calls on Trump nominees to take action on Lake Ontario water level
Senator Pam Helming announced that she was joined by Senator Robert Ortt and 10 of their fellow New York State legislators in calling for the U.S. Senate to confirm President Trump’s three U.S. nominees to the International Joint Commission (IJC). In August 2018, President Trump nominated three members to the IJC, who are tasked with negotiating the water levels of... more

Senators Schumer, Gillibrand call on IJC to take action amid rising lake levels

Senators Schumer, Gillibrand call on IJC to take action amid rising lake levels
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer are joining a list of lawmakers calling on the International Joint Commission to assess rising water levels on Lake Ontario and take action to prevent the risk of flooding. In a statement released Friday, the senators said the IJC should work to maximize outflows at the Moses-Saunders Dam on the St. Lawrence River and... more

Deputies: Fair Haven man accused of grabbing, pushing resident during domestic incident

Deputies: Fair Haven man accused of grabbing, pushing resident during domestic incident
Deputies report the arrest of a Fair Haven man following an investigation into a domestic incident. Dylan C. Williamson, 25, of Fair Haven was charged with second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief after allegedly breaking several items, and forcefully grabbing and pushing an individual who was located at the residence where the incident unfolded. The home was located in Red... more
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