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Governor Andrew  Cuomo has announced eligibility requirements for the 2019 Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Flood Relief and Recovery Program that will help homeowners directly impacted by this year's Lake Ontario flooding.

First announced in early August,  the program will allocate up to $20 million to expand the home repair program assist homeowners affected by the flooding.

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Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has lifted the ‘state of emergency’ put into place on May 9 along Lake Ontario, Irondequoit Bay, Braddock’s Bay, the Genesee River and other waterways.

That means the previous 5-mph speed limit for all boat traffic within 500 feet of the shoreline is no longer in effect. The boating restrictions were put in place due to high water levels.

Dinolfo says the decision to lift the restrictions came after consultation with the  Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies. 

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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.

Property owners along the shores of Lake Ontario are dealing with devastating flooding. Soon, many will be faced with decisions related to how much to replant or rebuild.

We discuss the situation on the lakeshore and what it means for future development and home ownership. Our guests: 

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.

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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.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a letter to the International Joint Commission on Saturday demanding immediate action in response to the ongoing flooding issues along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

The IJC is the U.S. – Canadian body that can help regulate lake levels by affecting the amount of water flowing out of Lake Ontario through a dam on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

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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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