Strong winds spark more flooding on Edgemere Drive

July 07, 2019 07:59 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — It's happening again.

Winds from the north are picking up the already high water levels of Lake Ontario. 


Lakeshore homeowners like Cheryl Riley are again seeing the impact as Edgemere Drive floods.

"There's sewage sometimes in the road so we have to keep boots by the door to get to our cars," said Riley. "We also moved everything out of our basement and filled everything in."

The water levels on Lake Ontario are still historically high, just one inch below the record levels they hit this spring.

Sunday's new blast of winds is the first time such a stiff breeze has come out of the north like this since late May. which also brought severe flooding, and anger.

"It's a sin that the previous IJC commissioners set this level so high," said the president of the Crescent Beach Association Doug Dobson.

As they have all season, homeowners blame the IJC, the International Joint Commission which manages the lake. 

Dobson is now calling on the new leadership of the IJC to change its "Plan 2014" regulation plan for lake levels. 

This year alone Dobson's concrete break wall has already been damaged after he replaced it two years ago for high water.

He believes more damage could be on the way.

"If they don't get this lake level lowered, we will be at 250 next spring," said Dobson.

IJC leaders say Plan 2014 won't change for now but that they are reevaluating it and that they'll keep letting record amounts of water out of the lake to lower levels.

"Everything that we're hearing from them is that things will remain status quo and it's up to us to take care of ourselves," said Riley.


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