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Rising water levels continue to threaten shoreline communities

May 13, 2019 06:18 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — With all this rain, News10NBC continues to keep an eye on those dangerously high water levels.

As of Monday morning, the lake level is at 248.08 feet -- that's barely a foot lower than when we saw severe flooding back in 2017

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The Army Corps of Engineers believes it will rise another seven inches by next month. 

Officials in Monroe and Wayne counties and Kendall in Orleans County have all declared states of emergency.

Local leaders tell News10NBC they are trying to get out in front of any severe problems this year.

“We're in a little better shape than we were two years ago because we’ve got 11 shutoff valves to make sure the ponds don’t flood the roads," Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich said. "Nine of them right now are closed and we’re keeping the roads fairly dry."

Thousands of sandbags and water pumps have also been sent to the region to prepare. International Joint Commission (IJC) officials say they'll also be adjusting the outflows to reduce flooding.  

Click here for the latest from the News10NBC First Alert weather team.

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