Gov. Cuomo to visit Olcott as new update on Lake Ontario is expected

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OLCOTT, N.Y. (WIVB) — We’re keeping an eye on the high water levels of Lake Ontario.

Gov. Cuomo and the Niagara County Director of Emergency Management are expected to deliver an update Monday at 11 a.m., when the Governor visits Olcott.

During the last update we received, the water was about 21 inches higher than average.

Along with the water levels, we expect to learn more about how crews are preparing for the potential of flooding.

Recently, Gov. Cuomo has been critical of the International Joint Commission (IJC), which plays an important role in setting the lake’s water levels. He met with the IJC less than a month ago.

“They were nice, they were polite, they listened, but they committed to nothing. They were going to go back and study,” Cuomo said. “And I know what that means in government speak.”

The governor has already deployed National Guard members to the area, and thousands of sandbags are also in place.

Back in 2017, the lake saw its highest levels in 100 years, and residents we’ve talked with can’t believe this could be happening again.

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