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Lake Ontario flooding

Veronica Volk / WXXI News

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.

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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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Susan Albright has lived on Edgemere Drive in Greece for decades, and there's always been a neighborhood Fourth of July parade.

"Our son is 35, and when he was a toddler, we had him in a float. Behind our car in the parade," she said.

But this year, there will be no parade.

The Grand View Beach Association, which Albright leads, canceled the event.

No kids on bicycles with red, white and blue ribbons, no makeshift floats pulled behind golf carts, and no picnic afterward in Goodwin Park, because Lake Ontario's water level is too high.