Governor Calls For Water Flows To Stay Steady Or Increase

Governor Calls For Water Flows To Stay Steady Or Increase”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo however is urging the IJC to maintain or increase the current outflows to prevent possible flooding, stating that more than 250,000 sandbags were already deployed to areas along the Lake Ontario shoreline that were hit by last year's flooding, caused by significant snow melt and spring rain.

"After the disastrous flooding situations on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River past year, it is critical that we remain vigilant and take whatever measures are necessary for ensuring that history does not repeat itself", Governor Cuomo said.

The governor was critical of the IJC previous year for not releasing water earlier than they did, blaming them for the flooding that damaged people's homes and cottages along the lake and river.

The letter from the governor comes as the IJC planned to reduce outflows about four percent, from 8,950 to 8,550 cubic meters per second, in advance of the lake and St. Lawrence River's navigation season.

The state has distributed almost $20 million to help residents, businesses, and local governments recover from last year's shoreline flooding.

Arun Heer is Secretary to the International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board.

The Army Corps of Engineers predicted that water levels across the Great Lakes would rise for the 5th straight year, but also projected Lake Ontario's water level would return to its average.

"New Yorkers are justifiably concerned about renewed flooding this spring", said Gov. Cuomo, in his letter to Lana Pollack, the IJC's USA chairwoman.

Cuomo says the state is taking a number of proactive steps including deploying almost 250-thousand sandbags and other equipment to counties and towns along Lake Ontario.

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