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April 21, 2017

Oswego County Monitoring High Levels on Lake Ontario

Fulton - High water levels on Lake Ontario have prompted flooding concerns across the lake, including the shoreline in Oswego County, Oswego County Director of Emergency Management Dale A. Currier reported today.

"Water levels on the lake are very high this spring, and counties along the entire southern shore of the lake west of Oswego have been experiencing issues along their shorelines," Currier said. "The water along our shoreline has been rising to a level that may present some problems. Federal officials are projecting water levels on the lake to slowly increase approximately eight inches by May 20."

Emergency management staff have reached out to local officials to encourage them to monitor their municipalities for flooding issues. The high levels may cause some coastal erosion and affect some homes and structures close to the lake.

While no flood watches or warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service - Buffalo Forecast Office for the Oswego County shoreline of Lake Ontario, Currier reminded local residents to be aware of the water levels on their property and to move items to higher ground if flooding is imminent.

"Oswego County is continuing to monitor the situation, and we remain in contact with officials from the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services as well as state legislators and federal agencies," Currier said. "Members of the public should remain aware of their surroundings and report any issues to their local government officials."

Currier reminds people to avoid walking or driving through flood waters.

"Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of water can sweep your vehicle away," he said.

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