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Governor and U.S. senators demand action to fight Lake Ontario flooding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a letter to the International Joint Commission on Saturday demanding immediate action in response to Lake Ontario flooding. In addition, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand have called on the Army Corps of Engineers to approve two projects to help New York communities devastated by the flood waters.

Their calls come as the International Joint Commission announced this week that water levels on Lake Ontario have exceeded record levels.

Cuomo said that despite the millions the state has allocated to mitigate flooding since 2017, the commission has failed to prepare for and manage the high water levels.

"Rather than acting, the IJC continued the status quo, resulting in more flooding and more property damage in New York," he wrote in his letter.

Meanwhile, Gillibrand and Schumer have asked the Army Corps of Engineers to approve a cost-sharing agreement for a Youngstown project to help prevent erosion at Fort Niagara State Park and prevent the project from being held up due to "bureaucratic red tape."

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