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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

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

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

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

Lakeshore Flood Warning active for Wayne, Northern Cayuga as Lake Ontario churns

The National Weather Service upgraded the Lakeshore Flood Watch to a Warning on Sunday, which prompted even more concern over those communities along the shore of Lake Ontario. The winds turned to a northwest breeze, which pushed up toward 20 mph consistently Sunday evening in much of the region. Larger waves were threatening homes along the shoreline, just like businesses,... more

Bill promising to help lakeshore homeowners, likely won’t

Homeowners along the lake shore say a bill promising to help them is falling short. They were hoping to see financial aid from the state for rebuilding, relocating and cleaning up, but it is not looking like they will receive anything. Rino Pappano put up a wall on sandbags to protect his home on Edgemere Drive. That wall now sits... more

Businesses, homeowners struggle with what comes next as Lake Ontario continues to flood

On Thursday Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul toured Sodus Point. On the same day New York State Senate and Assembly leadership held a press conference in Wayne County announcing emergency funding for those residents impacted by the shoreline flooding. Homes are being flooded, businesses are being forced to remain closed — or operate very minimally — and the shoreline is being... more

Lt. Gov. Hochul tours lake flooding

The Lieutenant Governor of New York State said people in Sodus Point are captives in their own homes as the high waters flooded their property. Kathy Hochul’s caravan drove into Sodus Point and stopped in the middle of a flooded street. She walked through flood water to the bayside of a home. On the same day, virtually every single local... more

Red Cross is preparing for emergency along Lake Ontario; calls for more volunteers

The flooding along Lake Ontario has stressed more than just homes and businesses along the shoreline. The American Red Cross, which responds to natural disasters across the U.S. is in desperate need for volunteers in Wayne County. Executive leadership of the local Red Cross chapter is looking at ways to mobilize more teams and deploy more resources to areas experiencing... more

Palmyra mother charged with DWI; had two children in car

Deputies in Wayne County say a Palmyra mom drove drunk with her two children in the car. Tamara Crutchfield, 33, of Palmyra was driving on Rt. 441 around 4:35 pm when her vehicle went off the road. When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, her blood-alcohol content was found to be .14. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, two... more
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