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Monroe County's eligibility for federal assistance for flood damage is under review, according to a FEMA spokesman.

When President Trump issued a major disaster declaration for six New York counties Tuesday, Monroe was not among them, even though local communities along the shore of Lake Ontario were among the hardest hit by flooding this spring and summer.

In Irondequoit, town supervisor Dave Seeley says repairs are still ongoing, a compromised sewer lateral was recently moved costing around $350,000 with overtime expenses. He said those costs hit the town hardest.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal recovery aid will be coming to Lake Ontario shoreline communities after President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration for spring and summer flooding.

The declaration issued Tuesday includes Niagara, Orleans, Wayne, Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.

It omits two lakefront counties, Monroe and Cayuga, but says additional designations could be added later if warranted.

Over the years, billions of dollars have been allocated to restoring the Great Lakes – whether its money spent cleaning up pollution, preventing invasive species, or educating the public.  A new regional initiative will analyze how effective some of these efforts – and dollars – have been so far. 


The Great Lakes offer lots of spookiness -- from century-old shipwrecks to blood-sucking animals. For Halloween, we pulled together some of the creepiest photos. Take a look -- if you dare.

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As a lakeshore flood warning remains in effect until early Tuesday morning, Lake Ontario shoreline residents are breaking out the sandbags once again to battle rising waters.

Out on Edgemere Drive in Greece, the grey sky seems a bit more ominous. With the winds whipping our hair around and the waves crashing on the break wall, Douglas Dobson showed me around his Edgemere Drive home.

Dobson, also the president of the Crescent Beach Neighborhood Association, didn’t even bother moving the wall of sandbags he built up this spring when flooding was at its worst.

For anyone who doubts the power of the Great Lakes, now's the time for a reset.

This week, data buoys on Lake Superior recorded 28.8-foot waves, according to the Great Lakes Observing System.

The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference is under way this week, bringing attention to critical Great Lakes issues.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State lawmakers are looking at the causes of recent flooding along the shore lines of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

The state Senate will hold a hearing Tuesday on the spring and summer floods in the community of Mexico in Oswego County. The calamity damaged homes and businesses, eroded shoreline and hurt the area's tourism economy just before its peak season.

Julie Cataldo is strapped into a harness as she sits in her wheelchair just a few feet from the edge of the Erie Canal. A hydraulic lift hoists her from the chair and swings her out over the water.

The lift lowers her into a kayak, and its operator adjusts her seat.


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Property owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline whose property was damaged by floods this year have until Friday to apply for state-funded relief. 

New York State has made $15 million available to support homeowners affected by the severe spring and summer flooding. 

The program provides grants of up to $50,000 dollars to property owners whose costs aren't covered by insurance or other disaster recovery funds.

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