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Gillibrand, Schumer to IJC: ‘Take all actions’ to prevent Lake Ontario flooding

March 02-- Mar. 2--New York's U.S. senators are urging the International Joint Commission to prevent a repeat of flooding that occurred in 2017 along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

In a letter to IJC U.S. section chair Lana Pollack, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called on the commission to maximize outflows at the Moses-Saunders Dam due to rising Lake Ontariowater levels.

The Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board, which was established by the IJC to implement the Plan 2014 water management strategy, reported Thursday that the lake level is now at 246.06 feet, which is slightly higher than last week's level of 246.03 feet.

As of Thursday, the lake was 14.6 inches above its average level for this time of year.

In a Facebook post, the board explained that outflows "remain very high and they continue to be gradually increased as conditions allow."

Gillibrand and Schumer are concerned that high water levels could affect communities still recovering from flooding in 2017. The floods that year led to President Donald Trump issuing a major disaster declaration for counties along the lake, including Cayuga County.

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