Lake Ontario flooding

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Local governments now have a tool they can use to identify vulnerabilities to coastal flooding, like what’s been plaguing the shoreline of Lake Ontario.  It’s called New York’s Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Index, and it was put together by New York Sea Grant.  

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A Central New York Congressmember says a lack of response by the International Joint Commission about recent Lake Ontario flooding events is why he’s launched an online letter writing campaign. Anthony Brindisi represents eastern portions of Oswego County and plans to write weekly. 

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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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Lake Ontario water levels continue to rise almost a half inch per day, so the threat of continued and additional shoreline flooding is still very real.  Renee Fox with Oswego County Emergency Management says their priorities haven’t changed since the waters began rising…protecting lives, infrastructure, and property.

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The Lake Ontario shoreline communities are hoping the thousands of sand bags that have been deployed will help fend-off rising water levels and prevent their properties from being flooded.  However, Oswego County Emergency Management EMS Coordinator Renee Fox says it’s already impacted some.

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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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The rain may have stopped, but water levels continue to rise on Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the Salmon River.  There’s growing concern about damage to waterfront businesses as the busy summer boating and recreation season gets underway.

Long-time Oswego County residents like Dave White and Janet Clerkin say these water levels are unprecedented…