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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

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

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

Emergency legislation passed to help those dealing with Lake Ontario flooding

Sen. Pamela A. Helming and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle announced legislation that accelerates the availability of new emergency funding for water infrastructure in an effort to help many communities currently facing significant flooding damage. This legislation, sponsored by Sen. Helming and Majority Leader Morelle, amends the 120-day waiting period in the newly-adopted Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017... 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

LOCAL IMPACT: Lake Ontario flooding in Cayuga, Wayne counties (full coverage)

It’s been a long spring for those living along Lake Ontario. We’ve been highlighting the ongoing flooding along the largest lake in the region, but so many stories have developed along the shoreline — on both sides of the lake — that we decided it was time to break all of the moving parts down. By now most people have... 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

Cuomo to visit Sodus Point Thursday as Lake Ontario shoreline erodes (full coverage)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is coming to Sodus Point on Thursday. After more than 17 inches of water rise on Lake Ontario, a number of counties had a State of Emergency declared, clearing the way for state and federal response. The Governor formed a rapid response team to address any flooding issues that may come up in the next several weeks... more

Thompson Health doctor among those charged in Wayne Co. prostitution investigation

Six men were charged on Wednesday with third-degree patronizing a person for prostitution after a town of Ontario resident tipped off Wayne County sheriff’s deputies about an ad on a social media website. The tip lead deputies to Backpage.com and an ad posted by a female, unidentified by police, who was soliciting money for sex in the Ontario area. FingerLakes1.com... more

High water on Lake Ontario: Who’s to blame?

The waters of Lake Ontario, already at their highest point in a quarter-century, are continuing to rise. Shoreline property is flooding and erosion is worsening — and the lake level is expected to go up at least another four inches and quite possibly more by mid-summer. In Monroe County, the Lake Ontario shore is lined with modest cottages, palatial homes... more

Wayne County communities host drug take back sites this Saturday

What is becoming an annual event in Wayne County and across the United States, residents are urged to bring their unused prescription medications to a local drop off site this Saturday, April 29th. The Drug Enforcement Administration has developed a national take-back initiative, creating the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and... more

Sen. Helming to tour homes, businesses along Lake Ontario dealing with flooding

On Saturday, New York State Sen. Pam Helming (R-54) will join local officials in Wayne County to visit homes and businesses, which have been dealing with a raised flood threat as Lake Ontario continues to rise. Sen. Helming will be joined by Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors and Sodus Town Supervisor Steve LeRoy, and Village of Sodus... more
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