Gov. Cuomo speaks on flood preparation in Irondequoit

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IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WIVB) — Governor Andrew Cuomo made a stop in Irondequoit on Saturday morning to deliver a flood briefing at Westage at the Harbor on St. Paul Boulevard.

Cuomo anticipates high winds which will lead to higher waves and those would cause area flooding. 

“Mother Nature is a fearsome force,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo applauded the efforts of the National Grid and local First Responders. 

Cuomo expressed concern about flooding along Lake Ontario and said shorelines need to be rebuilt to a higher capacity to keep neighborhoods safe. 

“That is the new reality we are dealing with,” Cuomo said. “What was a satisfactory retaining wall is no longer a satisfactory retaining wall,” Cuomo said. 

Cuomo said he’s displeased with the management of the International Joint Commission which regulates the water levels in New York. 

Earlier this week Rep. Joe Morelle spoke about a $2 trillion infrastructure program, and Cuomo echoed that New York State is in need of better infrustructre. Cuomo said that if the federal governement does in fact put $2 trillion towards infrustructure, some of the money should go towards rebuiling these shorelines to a higher capacity. 

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