Cuomo commits up to $300M in state funding to help communities affected by Lake Ontario flooding

June 10, 2019 05:20 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The News10NBC First Alert Weather team is tracking showers that are expected to arrive Monday afternoon and into the evening hours. It's bad news for people living along Lake Ontario where water levels have already reached a record high.

Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at the Riverside Convention Center in Rochester Monday to discuss lakeshore flooding. He committed up to $300 million in state funds to bolster the shoreline as part of the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI). . Local governments will match 15 percent for every dollar the state spends.

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The governor says the money will be invested in making lakeshore communities "more resilient." The funds will be used for emergencies and relief.

"We have to do it," Cuomo said. "We have to do it because our future depends on it and the future of your community depends on it."

He also threatened to sue the International Joint Commission (IJC) if it isn't more responsive to the state's needs. The IJC is responsible for Plan 2014 -- the controversial measure that regulates outflows on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

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