Monday, April 24, 2017

Cuomo directs state help for Lake Ontario flooding

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to help local agencies in areas that could be impacted by Lake Ontario flooding, including areas in Niagara and Orleans counties.

The lake is currently 18 inches above it's average level for this time of year, according to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. It's expected the level will continue to rise in May.

The Corps has increased outflow from the lake to the Moses-Saunders Dam and the St. Lawrence River between Massena and Cornwall, Ontario throughout the past week, the governor's office says. It also says there is no concern the flooding could affect nuclear power plants in the region.

The Department of Homeland Security has deployed about 60,000 sandbags in Niagara County and 30,000 in Orleans County. Volunteers from more than a dozen fire departments helped distribute sandbags Saturday along the Lake Ontario shoreline at the Olcott Yacht Club.

State Police assets, including high axle vehicles and boats are ready to be deployed as needed and troopers have been instructed to closely monitor flood-prone areas.  Read full story here 

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