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Relief money coming? Legislators working flooding package

Two Rochester-area state legislators have reached an agreement on a $90 million flood recovery package that would help communities affected by rising water levels, particularly those along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and state Sen. Pam Helming announced the deal Monday. They have introduced legislation in their respective houses to establish the program.... more

Portable ‘sea walls’ being deployed along Lake Ontario in Sodus Point (video)

Governor Andrew Cuomo was critical of the IJC board, who has ‘allowed’ Lake Ontario to reach levels of emergency flooding. While speaking in Greece on Tuesday, he announced a series of ‘assists’ that the state will getting to those living along Lake Ontario, who have been adversely impacted by Lake Ontario flooding. It’ll start with up to $40,000 for homeowners... more

Sodus Point postpones annual 4th of July celebration and fireworks

As the woes from high water levels continue for Sodus Point, the village board decided this week that they’re going to postpone the popular fireworks display for this year’s Fourth of July celebration. The fireworks, along with the Sunshine Auto Parade, will be held on September 2. Mayor Chris Tertinek told the Times of Wayne County on Thursday that they... more

THE DEBRIEF: Seneca Falls Lawsuit, Geneva Foundry, Lake Ontario & “Lu-Lu” checks (podcast)

On Thursday night’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso discussed a variety of topics including a new Article 78 petition filed in Seneca Falls, the ongoing debate around the Geneva Foundry, as well as “Lu-Lu” checks distributed to certain members of Senate, and New York’s response to the flooding along Lake Ontario. Watch the entire podcast... more

Sen. Helming: Funding on the way for residents along Lake Ontario

Sen. Pam Helming (R,C,I – Canandaigua) announced that the $7 million in state funding promised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in late-May is now available to assist homeowners impacted by flooding along Lake Ontario. It will grant homeowners with up to $40,000 to support interior and exterior repairs to structural damage and repair or replacement of permanent fixtures. “It has been... more

Lake Ontario management plan up for review and feedback

The Lake Ontario Lakewide Action and Management Plan is under review, and the public is encouraged to provide feedback on its latest update. The plan was created under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, a partnership between Canada and the United States, which creates management plans for each of the five Great Lakes every five years on a rotating basis,... more

Sheriff: Patrol boat ‘complete loss’ after fire in Sodus Point

Investigators believe the fire started as maintenance was being performed on a boat. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office lost a boat in a fire at Krenzer Marine on Grieg St. in Sodus Point on Friday. It was determined that Theodore Koren, 68, of Drums, Pennsylvania was performing fuel system maintenance at his boat when it caught fire. The fire quickly... more

OPINION: Lake Ontario Floodwaters

Thee high water level of Lake Ontario has reached historic proportions, causing significant shoreline erosion and property damage to homes and businesses that will tally into the millions. I grew up in Sea Breeze and spent my summers as a kid hanging out with my friends on Durand Eastman beach and fishing in the lake and Irondequoit Bay. In later... more

Cuomo demands more water be released from Lake Ontario, but regulators decline

At the same time Gov. Andrew Cuomo was demanding Monday that more water be released from Lake Ontario, regulators were deciding that it could not be done. It was like ships passing in the night. He also was critical of the International Joint Commission, a U.S.-Canada treaty organization that oversees lake-level regulation, and an IJC board that implements those regulations.... more

Collins calls for dismantling Plan 2014 to bring relief for homeowners, businesses

U.S. Republican Congressman Chris Collins is now calling for the plan some are blaming for a rising Lake Ontario to be dismantled. Collins visited homeowners, businesses and Hamlin leaders on Sandy Harbor Drive on Tuesday, discussing Plan 2014, a plan that regulates how much water is released from the lake. “The disaster is upon us,” he said. “There’s no easy... more

RELIEF IS COMING: Cuomo promises $7M in funds for homeowners along Lake Ontario

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $7 million in state funding to assist homeowners that have been impacted by flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The new investment program will provide up to $40,000 for homeowners to support interior and exterior repairs to structural damage caused by flooding, as well as the repair or replacement of permanent fixtures.... more

More legislation proposed to relieve those along Lake Ontario

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref–Pulaski) and Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C–Macedon) announced today that they have introduced legislation that if enacted, would provide tax relief for property owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries who are dealing with record-high flooding. The Lake Ontario and Connected Waterways Assessment Relief Act would enable municipalities to reduce assessments for property and business owners who... more

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
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