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Cuomo: Lake Ontario water level at “precipice of a disaster”

May 7, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says areas along the Lake Ontario shoreline are “at the precipice of a disaster” as forecasts for rain threaten to push water levels past flood level.

The Democrat went to the town of Henderson in New York’s North Country to deliver an update on the state’s preparations.

Authorities say the worst of the flooding from rainfall and snowmelt is likely to occur in a few days. Officials are also concerned that wind forecast for later this week could whip up damaging waves.

Sand bags, pumps and temporary dams are being used to protect low-lying areas. Members of the New York National Guard are at standby.

Rising waters caused extensive damage along the lake in 2017, racking up $100 million in recovery costs for the state.

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