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Local leaders call for federal help with high water levels

June 29, 2019 07:35 PM

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) — Local leaders are calling on the federal government as they look for help dealing with high water levels and flood damage.

Congressman Joe Morelle asked for funding for a new study on lakeshore resiliency by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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This study would look at what improvements can be made to make homes and businesses along the water less likely to suffer flood damage when Lake Ontario rises to high levels, as it is now.

A funding bill for the Corps of Engineers passed the U.S. House of Representatives this past week and now heads to the Senate.

"We feel it's impact tremendously. Our homes…have a high density," said Greece town supervisor Bill Reilich. "Quite frankly we cannot expect our residents every year, or every other year, to wipe out their savings accounts and go into debt to try and remain on the water. So this plan is much needed."

Morelle says he will also keep up pressure on the Internation Joint Commission (IJC) to change its "Plan 2014" for regulating lake levels. The IJC recently defended Plan 2014 but admitted some parts of the plan need to be improved.

Morelle says whether the plan changes or not, it's important for lakeshore communities to be toughened up against high water.

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