ONTARIO REGION, N.Y. -- Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for 8 counties that could be impacted by Lake Ontario flooding.
Nearly 200 members of New York's National Guard are on standby for immediate deployment to the Ontario region. The state of emergency is for 8 counties including Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne Counties.
The governor's order directs state agencies to protect state property and to assist local governments responding to or recovering from the flooding. We're told that 20 sandbaggers, over 1 million sandbags, hundreds of pumps, and over 5,000 feet of aquadam were taken to the counties at risk.
The governor says the entire shoreline of Lake Ontario is at risk as well as the hundreds of miles of New York State property.
In a statement, Governor Cuomo said, "From the last time we were here and we deployed pumps and we talked about the overall situation, the lake level has actually increased beyond that. We are now looking at the very real possibility of a flood like we had in 2017. As painful as that news is to hear, it's true. The level is up, we're now just dealing with Mother Nature and the probability of either rain or wind."
The governor adds that if the waves pick up, or if they get more rain, then they'll have another flooding situation.