Great Lakes Today

The Great Lakes offer lots of spookiness -- from century-old shipwrecks to blood-sucking animals. For Halloween, we pulled together some of the creepiest photos. Take a look -- if you dare.

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As a lakeshore flood warning remains in effect until early Tuesday morning, Lake Ontario shoreline residents are breaking out the sandbags once again to battle rising waters.

Out on Edgemere Drive in Greece, the grey sky seems a bit more ominous. With the winds whipping our hair around and the waves crashing on the break wall, Douglas Dobson showed me around his Edgemere Drive home.

Dobson, also the president of the Crescent Beach Neighborhood Association, didn’t even bother moving the wall of sandbags he built up this spring when flooding was at its worst.

For anyone who doubts the power of the Great Lakes, now's the time for a reset.

This week, data buoys on Lake Superior recorded 28.8-foot waves, according to the Great Lakes Observing System.

The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference is under way this week, bringing attention to critical Great Lakes issues.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State lawmakers are looking at the causes of recent flooding along the shore lines of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

The state Senate will hold a hearing Tuesday on the spring and summer floods in the community of Mexico in Oswego County. The calamity damaged homes and businesses, eroded shoreline and hurt the area's tourism economy just before its peak season.

Julie Cataldo is strapped into a harness as she sits in her wheelchair just a few feet from the edge of the Erie Canal. A hydraulic lift hoists her from the chair and swings her out over the water.

The lift lowers her into a kayak, and its operator adjusts her seat.

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Property owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline whose property was damaged by floods this year have until Friday to apply for state-funded relief. 

New York State has made $15 million available to support homeowners affected by the severe spring and summer flooding. 

The program provides grants of up to $50,000 dollars to property owners whose costs aren't covered by insurance or other disaster recovery funds.

Elizabeth Miller / Ideastream

Final part of a series

I meet Kim Smith-Woodford on a rainy day at Euclid Creek Reservation east of Cleveland.  It’s a big wooded area, with a trail lining the creek and shelters for birthday parties.

The park is an urban oasis – where folks from all backgrounds go for exercise or a picnic.  And it means a lot to Smith-Woodford.  It’s where she became more interested in the outdoors.

Elizabeth Miller / Ideastream

Part 2 of a series

You don’t have to look very far for events redefining the environmental movement – in terms of who works for advocacy groups and who they work for. Just go back to 2014.

In April of that year the city of Flint, Mich., switched its source of drinking water from the Detroit River to the Flint River.  Soon residents were complaining about the water, saying it was discolored and smelled.  And the media seized on the crisis.

Veronica Volk / WXXI News/Great Lakes Today

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — New York State lawmakers are planning to hold a hearing on recent flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

The NYS Senate announced the hearing on Monday. It will be held Oct. 10 in the community of Mexico in Oswego County.

The spring and summer floods damaged homes and businesses, eroded shoreline and hurt the area's tourism economy at a critical time.