NEW YORK STATE (WSYR-TV) — Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a State of Emergency for eight counties along Lake Ontario where flooding could be a problem.
The State of Emergency is for the eight counties impacted by potential Lake Ontario flooding, which are Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne.
The order means boats will have to stay under five miles-an-hour if they’re within 1,000 feet from the shoreline.
It also means New Yorkers will be able to get help and funding faster to help with any damages.
Cuomo spoke in Olcott, located in Niagara County, on Monday morning, after touring preparations in the community.
He says while he’s hoping for the best, they’re already preparing for the worst.
“We are preparing now for the reoccurrence of the 2017 flooding situation. If people remember, it was devastating. Thousands of New Yorkers. We’re talking about the entire shoreline of Lake Ontario,” Cuomo said.
Another 200 National Guard members will be ready to help with preparations and if flooding happens, they’ll be ready to respond immediately.