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State sets boating speed limit along Lake Ontario shore affected by flooding

New York State will put in place a 5 mph speed limit for recreational boaters within 600 feet of the Lake Ontario shore to help homeowners affected by flooding.

Municipalities have established their own speed limits within 500 feet from shore.

"We’re going to go further – 600 – and we’re going to make it statewide so you don’t have to guess what municipality you’re in front of and for the entire shoreline it will be 600 feet, 5 mph," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday as he toured damage in Monroe County.

"We assume people will understand. Enjoy the lake, but your wake shouldn’t swamp somebody’s basement," Cuomo said, according to a transcript provided by the governor's office.

Cuomo also announced $7 million in state funding to assist homeowners affected by the flooding. Homeowners can receive up to $40,000 for interior and exterior repairs to structural damage caused by flooding, as well as the repair or replacement of permanent fixtures.

The funding is in addition to the $10 million the state previously announced for municipalities and the up to $5 million in grants for small businesses with physical damage or loss as a result of flooding.

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