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The governor’s new commission on shoreline resiliency met for the first time this week with local representatives from across the southern shore of Lake Ontario.

The meeting room at Greece Town Hall was full of representatives from different agencies, state officials, town supervisors and a few lakefront residents of Monroe County.

They all came to workshop solutions to the problems caused by high lake levels, as part of Governor Cuomo’s Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative.

Veronica Volk

For lakeshore property owners, there’s no quick fix to the high water levels, even though the organization that regulates those levels will continue with record outflows from Lake Ontario.

The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board said the current outflow measures will help provide both immediate and long-term relief to all affected upstream shoreline residents and property owners.

Bryce Carmichael, U.S. secretary for the board, said the board has deliberated several outflow strategies.

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Local Congressman Joe Morelle is pushing for funding of a ‘Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study.’

Morelle joined Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, Irondequoit Supervisor Dave Seeley and other officials on Saturday at Goodwin Park in Greece to say that officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers back the study which would help provide for long-term planning and mitigation strategies for lakeside communities.

It’s an effort to help deal with the effects of future flooding along the shoreline.

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Although members of the joint U.S. - Canadian agency that oversees a water regulation plan came to Central New York on Friday, some of those attending a roundtable discussion weren’t necessarily pleased with what they heard.

That’s because members of the International Joint Commission indicated they still need more time to evaluate the impact of Plan 2014. That’s a controversial plan put into effect a few years ago, which some Lake Ontario shoreline residents feel contributed to recent flooding.

A coalition of New York property owners plans to sue the International Joint Commission (IJC), the international body that regulates water levels on Lake Ontario.

At the first meeting of the newly formed Lake Ontario Landowners Association, a crowd of more than 100 packed into a restaurant in Pulaski and cheered on the founder Jim Shea as he railed against the IJC and its board members.

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There is word that the board of the International Joint Commission, the U.S. – Canadian agency that manages the waters shared by the two countries, may hold an emergency board meeting on Wednesday, to look at issues involving recent shoreline flooding.

Office of NY Governor Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state agency officials were in Rochester on Monday to kick off a new commission that will work to toughen the infrastructure along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

The Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, or REDI, commission is part of the state’s response to the flooding that has hit the south shore of the lake this year, just two years after the last wave of floods that damages homes and other properties.

Cuomo says a number of state agencies will be involved.

Veronica Volk / WXXI News

Officials who help regulate the level of Lake Ontario are pointing to some hopeful signs in the effort to deal with the ongoing flooding issues along the lake shore.

The level of Lake Ontario is still at a record. Hovering at around 249 feet.  But officials with the International Lake Ontario-Saint Lawrence River Board say that water levels have started to stabilize.

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Winds from the east and northeast brought waves of water onto the south shore of Lake Ontario and caused flooding in parts of the Town of Greece on Tuesday.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo on Tuesday issued a State of Emergency due to flooding along Lake Ontario.

She says the State of Emergency is in effect for the entirety of the Monroe County shoreline inland to Lake Ontario Parkway, Lakeshore Boulevard, and Lake Road. Dinolfo says the order provides the ability for the County and local municipalities to initiate and maintain road closures as conditions warrant.

Veronica Volk / WXXI News

Water levels in Lake Ontario keep rising.

The International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board said on Monday that water levels have reached 248.85 feet, and will likely reach or exceed the 2017 record high of 248.95 feet within the next few days.

Forecasts show that Lake Ontario levels are expected to crest within the next one to three weeks, mostly within an inch or so of the record high, but officials say that potentially higher levels are possible should wet weather continue.

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