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State of emergency lifted in Monroe County for high water levels

State of emergency lifted in Monroe County for high water levels

August 30, 2019 03:07 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A state of emergency has been lifted in Monroe County due to high water levels along Lake Ontario, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced Friday.

The state of emergency had been in effect since May 9 and set a 5 mph speed limit for all boats traveling within 500 feet of the Lake Ontario shoreline, Irondequoit Bay, Braddock's Bay, and the Genesee River. 

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Dinolfo said the decision was made after consulting with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies. The Army Corp of Engineers projects lake levels will continue to drop by more than a foot by mid-September, Dinolfo add.

“It is also my hope that the IJC will better manage lake levels during the coming fall and winter seasons, to avoid repeating the same mistakes made leading into this spring,” Dinolfo said.

Earlier this week, officials in Wayne County lifted the state of emergency along bodies of water near Sodus Point, Huron, and Wolcott.

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