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It’ll take months for Lake Ontario to reach ‘normal’ levels

In an attempt to reduce flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline, authorities have ramped up the outflow of water from the lake to the greatest sustained rate ever employed. So far it’s barely making a dent. The outlook now is for exceptionally high water through the summer. For the week ending Wednesday, the volume of water flowing out of the... more

Cornell will survey Lake Ontario flooding; businesses, residents urged to participate

Cornell University will be studying the rising waters of Lake Ontario. The New York Sea Grant has awarded rapid response funding to Cornell University to develop and conduct a standardized high water impact survey in the areas along the southern and eastern shores of Lake Ontario. The effort is in response to stakeholder requests for a standardized method to collect... more

Executive Director of FLX Red Cross talks Lake Ontario flooding, disaster response (podcast)

When it comes to disaster response, the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross handles hundreds of events and disasters throughout the calendar year. They also spend a significant amount of time working to prevent disasters. Even training and developing core volunteer staff to respond to various disasters throughout the Finger Lakes Chapter’s six county district takes up a... more

State offering help for small businesses affected by Lake Ontario flooding

New York State is offering up to $5 million in grants for small businesses that were impacted by flooding from Lake Ontario, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday. Gov. Cuomo said the program will provide up to $20,000 to small businesses to support the repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed property. This includes damage to equipment, furniture, fixtures, supplies... more

Boating safety crucial over holiday weekend, as lake levels remain concern

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to the summer. For many, it means getting boats out onto the water. Here in the Finger Lakes — we have plenty of water to boat on. A wet spring, combined with new rules from the International Joint Commission have resulted in increased risk for those taking to the waters of Lake Ontario... more

Cuomo announces $10M for locations impacted by Lake Ontario flooding

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $10 million in state funding is available to assist eligible local municipalities that have been impacted by the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario coastline. The new investment program will support flood recovery efforts, including repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks, and culverts, as well as public water and sewer infrastructure.   The... more

DEC officials tour Sodus Point as residents grow frustrated with flooding

On Sunday, DEC officials took a tour of Sodus Point Beach Park. It’s a mess. The official visit was part of a larger flood response effort, which includes touring the communities hardest hit by the rising waters of Lake Ontario. Homeowners are playing defense, as they work to keep water out of their properties. “We can’t stop it,” said one... more

Michigan angler tops Spring Lake Ontario Counties Derby

The big news in the local media lately has been the high water levels on Lake Ontario that were hampering access to the lake. Some marinas were shut down. Others adapted to the rising levels. However, if you were fishing in the Lake Ontario Counties Spring Trout and Salmon Derby May 5-14, the big news was many of the world-class... more

IJC hopes to increase Lake Ontario outflows in ‘coming days’

The agency that controls water levels in Lake Ontario plans to increase outflows to help with lakeshore flooding. The International Joint Commission’s Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board says the decreasing water flow into Lake St. Louis, near Montreal, from the Ottawa River should allow them to increase outflows from Lake Ontario in “coming days and weeks.” If drier... more

Sodus Point officials push legal action on lake levels

odus Point officials are pushing Wayne County to take legal action against a recently enacted Lake Ontario water-regulation plan that they say is causing significant harm to residents and businesses. On Monday night, the Village Board passed a resolution “requesting commencement of legal action on behalf of (the) village of Sodus Point.” Sodus Point Mayor Chris Tertinek read the resolution... more

Homeowner will demolish house teetering on edge of Lake Ontario

A house teetering on a cliff above Lake Ontario won’t be there for much longer. The owner of the Sodus Point home said he plans to demolish it next weekend. The house sits on Lake Road, not far from Sodus Bay and the land underneath is quickly eroding because of high water levels. The erosion on this home’s backyard has... more

Sodus Point home on verge of falling into Lake Ontario (photo)

A Sodus Point home is in danger of falling into Lake Ontario. It’s not the first home to be threatened by the eroding lakeshore, but is the first in Sodus Point to experience this nightmare. One neighbor described it as ‘horrifying’, the act of watching a neighbors property erode away. “It’s horrifying, just the thought people work hard to have... more

New legislation proposed to help homeowners along Lake Ontario

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref-Pulaski) and Assemblyman Robert C. Oaks (R,C-Macedon) have joined efforts to draft new legislation to address property damages incurred as a result of flooding and record high water levels on Lake Ontario. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, over the past six weeks nearly 4 trillion gallons of rain water has flowed into Lake Ontario.... more

Sodus Point water rising: Businesses struggle to stay afloat

Captain Jack’s Goodtime Tavern, a Sodus Point spot familiar to many, hopes to re-open this week, days after Lake Ontario forced it to shut down. But there are still other businesses in the area that could be feeling the impact of rising lake levels this summer.   “Captain Jack’s is right over here, where you see four, five, six hoses... more
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