Niagara County extends state of emergency due to lake levels

Posted at 6:10 PM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 18:10:14-04

The state of emergency in Niagara County has been extended for an additional 30 days, according to officials. The original state of emergency was set to expire on Saturday.

Officials say water levels in Lake Ontario continue to rise and concerns remain over flooding issues and various other lake hazards.

Officials also noted that emergency orders would be extended in five-day increments until the situation passes.

“Extending the state of emergency is essential to ensure our municipalities and especially our volunteers are reimbursed for all the hours and materials which have and will continue to be exhausted as we fight the damages caused by Plan 2014,” said Legislator David Godfrey, R-Wilson. “Although the IJC is saying they will let some water out in the next week or so, the reality is they cannot without increasing the flooding down river and in Montreal. Until the downstream water subsides, which could be weeks, I believe we will continue to have record breaking high water and more erosion.” Boaters are urged to use extra caution while on Lake Ontario.