Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) visited areas affected by flooding in both the Town of Greece and the Village of Sodus Point on Tuesday, announcing each of the two municipalities would be eligible to receive up to $500,000 in state aid to reimburse repair costs for water infrastructure.
State officials also unveiled new, massive inflatable dams that are aimed at protecting communities from flooding.
Cuomo, also requested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to immediately deploy protective measures such as rocks and gabions to safeguard areas that remain a heightened risk of flooding, and to assess the feasibility of a more permanent means of protection for the long-term.
The Governor also reinforced his call for the International Joint Commission to release as much water as possible from Lake Ontario, putting part of the blame on the commission and its Plan 2014, which manages water levels between Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
“I believe they failed to use their authority that they had, because the new plan gave them additional flexibility and authority. They should have done releases earlier on,” Cuomo.
Meanwhile, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is pushing for more flood relief as well. Her office sent a letter to the IJC to request a meeting to discuss flood compensation for property owners along the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Dinolfo is also planning a trip to Washington D.C. on June 27th to meet with federal representatives and policy makers to pursue federal funding.
An IJC board member told News 8 on Tuesday the lake levels could drop an additional four inches by the first of July, if mother nature is cooperative, and the rain holds off.
The IJC meets Monday to review the impact of new outflow levels.