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Cayuga and Oneida are among 11 counties under a state of emergency after heavy rains and high winds caused flooding and power outages.  Other counties include Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Hamilton, Herkimer, Mongomery, Saratoga, and Warren. 

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Governor Cuomo is trying to drive more tourists into Oswego and the Lake Ontario region in hopes of boosting the area’s economy after persistent spring and early summer flooding.  Turns out the fishing season is one of the best in years, and Cuomo took advantage by chartering a fishing boat Thursday. 

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High waters on Lake Ontario, Sandy Pond and other lakes could play a role in people’s recreation plans this holiday weekend.  Meanwhile residents are still dealing with record high waters, as the state tries to offer assistance.  Department of Environmental Conservation Deputy Commissioner Ken Lynch knows people will be out on the water this Memorial day.  And he shares some advice.

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Syracuse common councilors have an idea that could ease the burden on hundreds of homeowners who will be required to purchase expensive flood insurance starting next week.  

Councilors say residents have told them they’ll have to sell their homes and move because they’ll  no longer be able to afford their mortgage payments once flood insurance is added to the bill.  Council President Van Robinson worries no one will want to buy these homes.

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  Syracuse residents who got the shock that their property is now in a flood zone can find out more information at a meeting this week.  They’ll find out what’s at stake in the future of flood risks and costs.

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 Dozens of Central New Yorkers are helping with relief efforts in Louisiana after severe flooding in and around Baton Rouge.  WAER News checked in on two different efforts from groups who’ve seen more than their share of disasters.

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  Central New Yorkers might be worried about flooding over the next few days…with rain in today’s forecast coupled with the recent snowmelt.  One expert in flood repair has a very personal connection to a hidden threat of water damage.