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State of emergency declared ahead of expected Lake Ontario shoreline flooding

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Posted at 5:24 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 17:24:16-04

OLCOTT, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Governor declared a state of emergency ahead of the expecting flooding damage that's expected to hit homes and businesses along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

The Governor says flooding is likely to move in later this week as the water can already be seen rising over and above the shoreline.

Because of his, Cuomo declared a state of emergency which will help do three things:
- set a maximum speed limit for speedboats, so they don't cause waves to be agitated and lap higher
- it helps cut the red tape around government responsibilities in getting contracts for emergency equipment - it will be able to procure aqua dams for emergency situations much faster
- it gives the government more flexability on private property to install emergency equipment to prevent damage

The New York State DEC commissioner Basil Seggos was on hand for the conference today and said he's already put a permit in place to help qucikly get emergency repair funds to homes and businesses affected by flooding.
But, that same emergency funding pool is available to help people before the water damage hits.
You can apply here for money to help sure up your property in any vulnerable places ahead of the expected flooding.