Cuomo says IJC shows ‘extreme disregard’ for shoreline residents

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 August 2017 at 10:43 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers: Waves pound the shoreline at Barker on Saturday when Orleans and Niagara counties were under a flood watch from the wind and high water.

The International Joint Commission is reducing the outflows from Lake Ontario, angering Gov. Andrew Cuomo who wants the lake levels to come down.

The governor issued this statement today:

“Once again, the International Joint Commission has demonstrated extreme disregard for New Yorkers by prioritizing shipping interests over the safety and security of people living along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River,” Cuomo said. “Water levels remain at historic highs and it is senseless to reduce outflows at this time. This decision must be immediately reversed to protect our residents, businesses and communities along the shoreline.”

The IJC regulates the water flows for Lake Ontario. The lake has dropped a foot since its peak in late May, and the IJC said the water levels should continue to drop in the coming months.

Waves smash into the shoreline on Saturday in Barker at Lighthouse Christian Camp.

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