There were no right answers at the joint public hearing for 2017 Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River flooding.
"The weather and the rainfall precipitation is what was a contributing factor for high water levels on Lake Ontario," said Stephen Durrett, the alternate co-chair of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board.
Members of the International Joint Commission and the River Board testified before lawmakers and citizens at Mexico High School.
"I'm very concerned about what happens next year, the year after that and the year beyond," said Republican Assemblyman Robert Oaks.
The management of water levels throughout the spring and summer were highly criticized by Governor Andrew Cuomo. He chastised Plan 2014, which regulates the highs and lows of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. This is the first year the plan was in effect, and it was called into question by state lawmakers Tuesday night.
Commission members believe the flooding would have happened even with previous regulations. Plan 2014 changed a regulation system which was in place since 1958.
"We're very sure that under the old plan that people prefer to 2014, the damages would have been identical," said International Joint Commission Technical Advisor Bill Werick.
The commission wants to partner with the community to develop flood response plans. State Senator Patty Ritchie says if flooding is inevitable, there should be disaster aid already available.
"If they have in their plan a dollar amount that people were going to be affected, I personally believe that the federal government should have had some remediation funding in place," said Ritchie.
The hearing was scheduled for a four-hour period. Other testimonies came from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Environmental Conservation and homeowners.