State officials assess operations on Lake Ontario ahead of possible flooding

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Town officials from Wilson and Newfane met with New York’s Commissioners of Transportation, Homeland, and the Director of Emergency management at the Olcott Harbor Wednesday. 

Officials gathered to plan for lake levels possibly rising and implement a strategy to keep Lake Ontario at bay.

The state plans to ship additional sandbags for building up the shoreline and another aqua dam will be coming Thursday. 

Jonathan Schultz, Niagara County’s Fire Coordinator & Director of Emergency Management, told us, they are still patching and shoring up some of the damage from two years ago.

“We will be putting in another aqua dam tomorrow, one of our low lying areas to protect against the rising waters and the forecasted high winds and the large waves.  It looks like we will be running into some issues over the next few days. So that will be put in place to protect us as the waters continue to rise over the next few weeks,” Schultz said. 

Those state officials are following up Governor Cuomo’s inspection of the Lake Ontario shoreline last week along with Niagara and Orleans counties.

Schultz also had a few words of caution for sightseers asking them to stay away from the shore operations, a lot of work is being done, and the ground is soggy and unstable.
 

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