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Collins backs Cuomo on protection for Lake Ontario

WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Collins and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo may not agree on much, but they agree on this: the need for the Army Corps of Engineers to try to prevent flooding along Lake Ontario.

Collins, a Clarence Republican who has been at odds with the Democratic governor for the past year, this week sent a letter to Lt. Col Adam Czekanski of the Army Corps Buffalo district, backing Cuomo's request that the Corps utilize its Advance Measures program on Lake Ontario. The program aims to prevent future flooding.

"As of Jan. 18, 2018, the lake levels were nine inches higher than their levels at the same time last year," Collins wrote. "We will soon begin to see the snow and ice melt and fear that our residents and our communities will once again be devastated by flooding."

That being the case, Collins added: "I echo the governor's request for a strong federal-state partnership in protecting our shoreline property owners."

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