Wayne County leaders welcomed plans to fortify local shorelines against future high water incidents on Lake Ontario, but had plenty of questions about the future lake levels. Most importantly, just how high will the water levels actually get?
In Lyons on Wednesday, county officials looked over flood damage mitigation plans with engineering consultants engaged by the state and officials with the state’s Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, REDI.
The program was unveiled by Governor Andrew Cuomo in June, offering up to $300 million to address long term needs to fortify shoreline communities after the lake rose to record high levels in 2019, breaking the record that had been set just two years ago.
The plan was cheered in Sodus Point. The village struggled with flooding in both years, deploying arrays of sandbags, water-filled AquaDams, and dozens of pumps.