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Gov. Cuomo directing flood prevention resources to Lake Ontario communities

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday that he has directed state agencies to begin deploying resources to protect communities along the shores of Lake Ontario from potential flooding that could result from the lake's rising water levels.

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and Department of Transportation deployed 216,000 sandbags and multiple sandbaggers this weekend.

With precipitation forecasted for the northeast in the coming days and no word on when outflows will be increased, Cuomo is ensuring that residents have access to the resources they need.

Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo wrote to the International Joint Commission requesting that it maximize outflows from the Lake Ontario system to prevent the flooding that thousands of New Yorkers faced in 2017. Since then, water levels have remained higher than average and are expected to increase, necessitating the proactive deployment of resources to the region to protect homeowners and businesses from potential flooding.

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