Flood watch upgraded to flood warning for Orleans, Niagara and Monroe

Photos by Tom Rivers: The lake is getting closer to lawnchairs on Lakeland Beach Road in Kendall. This photo was taken at about 1;30 p.m. Many Kendall lakeshore residents have lost big chunks of their backyards due to high lake water levels and powerful waves in the past two weeks.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 May 2017 at 4:28 pm

A flood watch has been upgraded to a flood warning for the southshore of Lake Ontario in Orleans, Niagara and Monroe counties.

The warning from the National Weather Service is in effect until 2 a.m. Saturday. The lake is 22 inches above normal, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Weather Service said flooding is expected in flood-prone areas along the shoreline, and the waves will erode some of the shoreline and beaches.

Workers and volunteers at the Bald Eagle Marina in Kendall try to build up protection against the encroaching lake.

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