Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced Thursday she had sent a letter to the International Joint Commission requesting the governing body reduce the water inflow into Lake Ontario. The letter was also sent to local representatives and Gov. Cuomo.
Two years ago, flooding devastated homes and businesses along the Lake Ontario shoreline. While 2018 did not bring levels nearly as high, Dinolfo says this year's numbers are already above the average.
"The 'wait and see' approach is probably not advisable considering that we are 14" higher in the lake level then we normally are at this time of year," said Dinolfo, who is also concerned about rain and thawing snow.
A report released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not predict the levels to be as bad as they were just two years ago. Residents who live along the shoreline say they are preparing for anything.
"It's harder to fight Mother Nature than it is to fight City Hall, so in the end, we're just going to sit back and let it run its course," said Alan Reddig of Webster.