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Over 800,000 sandbags deployed along Lake Ontario

New York state says it has deployed more than 800,000 sandbags, hundreds of pumps and 920 feet (280 meters) of temporary dams in eight counties along Lake Ontario in preparation for potential flooding.

Posted: May 6, 2019 9:52 AM

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) - New York state says it has deployed more than 800,000 sandbags, hundreds of pumps and 920 feet (280 meters) of temporary dams in eight counties along Lake Ontario in preparation for potential flooding.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that officials are concerned that more rain, or high winds, could cause damage. The Democrat spoke in Oswego after viewing the nearby lakefront from a state police boat.

Emergency management officials said Wednesday that the worst of the flooding from heavy rain and snow melt was predicted to begin within a week.

Cuomo says high winds are expected next weekend and could whip up waves and damage.

Rising waters caused extensive damage along the lake in 2017. The flooding cost New York state $100 million in recovery funding.

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