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'Déjà vu all over again' for lakeshore homeowners

May 28, 2019 07:26 PM

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) -- As Yogi Berra was famous for saying, "It's déjà vu all over again." In this case, we are referring to the situation homeowners along the lakeshore are facing. 

In a manner similar to 2017, Lake Ontario is once again flooding as lakeshore homeowners scramble to beat back the rising water and first responders try to get ahead of it. 

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It's never a good time for this to happen, but it is fortuitous that if it's going to, that it occurs when members of the International Joint Commission are in town to see it for themselves. After all, they are the group responsible for determining the water levels.

Many people blame the IJC's Plan 2014 that recalibrated the lake levels, calling for higher highs and lower lows.

Four new commissioners, three from the U.S. and one from Canada, held a listening session in Greece Tuesday afternoon.

They were here to learn about the shoreline impacts from elected officials and first responders from communities that are dealing with the high water levels. They were all allowed to speak and air their concerns. The listening session lasted about 90 minutes.

Our cameras were not allowed into the meeting room but afterward, the new IJC commissioners made themselves available to the press, and our first question for them was, do they feel the IJC is responsible for what has occurred two of the last three years? 

"What I will say is that I think there are a lot of issues here with what's happening. We looked at the lake levels in the upper Great Lakes which are at all time highs. The Ottawa River which feeds into the St. Lawrence outside of Montréal has been exceptionally high and been flooding for a while. I dont think it is productive to criticize previous commissioners. I don't think that is ever a good thing to do," said Jane Corwin, IJC U.S. chair. "I do think that what we need to do now is look forward, see what's happening today...try to best estimate what is going to happen in the future and decide on what the best course of action is." 

Following the meeting, IJC members boarded a bus for a shoreline tour of the immediate area where they will get a glimpse of the section of Edgemere Drive that is now closed. 

News10NBC's Jennifer Lewke was in the area of Edgemere Drive Tuesday speaking with homeowners who are now left to deal with the flooding.

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Brett Davidsen

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