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Little flooding, but erosion reported along Lake Ontario

Niagara County officials reported little flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline during a flood warning Tuesday, but they found evidence of significant erosion.

John C. Lapham, the county's assistant emergency management director, said he visited Wilson and Olcott, the two most vulnerable locations, and saw waves striking the shoreline and splashing onto sidewalks, but no actual flooding. He said the new barrier the county constructed to protect low-lying areas of western Olcott is holding firm.

County Legislator David E. Godfrey of Wilson reported little flooding "but lots of bank erosion. There is a huge brown streak floating away all along the shoreline." That indicates dirt being washed away.

Newfane Supervisor Timothy R. Horanburg said he saw erosion, but no flooding. He said the town didn't need to activate the pumps that have been used to clear lake water entering storm sewers in Olcott.

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