Lake Ontario homeowners to have voices heard on lakeshore flooding

OLCOTT, N.Y. (WKBW) - After flooding caused extensive damage to homes and businesses along the Lake Ontario shoreline in Western and Central New York in the spring and summer of 2017, the International Joint Commission now wants to hear from property owners.

The IJC's Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management Committee posted this survey online. It asks specific questions about flooding, erosion and other damage caused by high water levels on Lake Ontario.

The committee will use the information gathered from the survey to evaluate how they regulate water levels and water flow along the St. Lawrence River and on Lake Ontario.

The survey comes after a year of rising tensions between local homeowners and the IJC over the commission's Plan 2014. The initiative controls water levels along the United States and Canada border. Many homeowners have blamed the initiative for the spring and summer flooding, while the IJC blames extensive rainfall.

Local governments have tried to file injunctions against Plan 2014, and homeowners have created a group called United Shoreline to try to stop the initiative and help get state assistance for flood damage.

Home and business owners in the affected area can find a link to the survey here.

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