Lake Ontario

WXXI News

Lake Ontario is currently more than two and a half feet above average for this time of year, and communities around the lake are still experiencing extreme flooding and erosion. People in communities like Sodus Point in New York are still unable to return to their homes, and beaches like Durand Beach in Rochester New York are nearly completely disappeared and closed until further notice.

In response to this flooding, the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board has decided to keep outflows high.

WBFO News

It began as a gimmick: a towering rubber duckie that promised to lure people to waterfront festivals around the world.

The cute, yellow giant has drawn thousands in places like Hong Kong and Taiwan. But now the artist who created that work is taking issue with a newer, larger version. 

Call it Duckie v. Duckie.

David Sommerstein, North Country Public Radio

Politicians and environmental groups continue to spar over the cause of flooding that's damaging homes and businesses along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

On Wednesday, several environmental groups criticized N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other politicians for blaming a new lake management plan that took effect in January.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made a stop in the Town of Greece on Monday, at a house on Edgemere Drive, one of the areas that was hardest hit by the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Cuomo came to the home of Joe and Charlie Burgio, one of the many houses where water has poured over decks, washed out docks and caused basement flooding.

The governor previously pledged $10 million in state aid for eligible municipalities and up to $5 million in grants for small businesses.

New York State is making $7 million available to help homeowners recover from flooding along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines.

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