With lake levels rising, Schumer pushes for emergency preparations

April 30, 2019 12:17 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y (WHEC) — A state lawmaker is warning a federal agency to get ready for flooding.

Right now, Lake Ontario is at about 247 feet -- about one foot lower compared to this time in 2017. The water level reached as high as 248.6 by June of 2017 causing severe flooding in communities along Lake Ontario.  

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The lake levels are expected to rise another 11 inches over the next 30 days.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to be ready to activate its emergency operations. He says as the water continues to rise, people who live on the lakeshore are at a major risk of flooding.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to meet with the International Joint Commission (IJC), the group that manages the lake levels, this week.

Some blame the IJC's Plan 2014 for the high water. The governor says it's time for the IJC to take another look at its plan.

State transportation facilities in Greece and Sodus are filling sandbags. The state is also ready to build temporary dams to protect homes along the lake.


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