The Army Corps of Engineers is issuing an emergency declaration, Senator Schumer’s office says, ahead of potential flooding along Lake Ontario.
Lakeside communities are concerned higher than average lake levels pose a threat of flooding along the lake. They worry they might see a repeat of the flooding the area saw two years ago that devastated the lakeside.
In a statement, Schumer says the emergency declaration will allow the federal government to quickly respond and adjust to any flooding — if it happens.
Right now, lake levels are higher than average, but it’s still not clear if we will see enough rain to have flooding near the levels of 2017. That year brought historic rainfalls during the spring.
“As Lake Ontario’s water levels continue to climb, knowing that we are prepared to handle a repeat of 2017’s historic flooding could not be more important. This Declaration of Emergency will ensure that the Army Corps of Engineers is locked and loaded in the event of more flooding, ready to handle any emergency,” said Senator Schumer in a statement. “With the risk of flooding rising by the day, we cannot afford to push our luck. I want to thank the Army Corps for its quick response to my request and for preparing in advance to bolster state and local flood response teams by mobilizing federal resources to Lake Ontario.”