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Officials see Lake Ontario forecast are hopeful that this year won’t be as bad as 2019

Maybe there is some good news on the horizon for lakeshore owners in Wayne, Monroe, and Cayuga counties, which have been hard hit by annual flooding.

Lake Ontario was approximately 18.5 inches above the long-term average for this time of year, according to the D&C. It’s been about that much above normal since last summer.

However, recent forecasting of the lake’s level suggests that it could rise as much as 8 or 9 inches by early-May. Then begin to recede.

It could do damage, but it wouldn’t devastate lakeshore homeowners like it has in the past.

“I’m very concerned but I don’t think we’re going to be as bad as last year,” said Dave McDowell, Sodus Point Village Mayor told the D&C. “We’ll have some pumps running, but we’ll be fine.”

There is concern about manpower to work with sandbags and in public spaces, though. Especially given the pandemic.

“With COVID, we’re going to be challenged. Last year, we had inmates from Willard Correctional Facility, who were fantastic. But I don’t think we’re going to get any state resources to help stack sandbags,” he added in his conversation with the D&C. “The school district is a possibility. Seniors need to do community service. If it weren’t for COVID, I think they’d help pretty easily.”