With a lakeshore flood warning in effect for Niagara County, officials prepare

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Many Niagara County residents living along the shore of Lake Ontario have already seen their property damaged by rising lake levels and flooding.

Some homeowners have already lost 15 to 20 feet of property, and their homes could now be at risk.

A lakeshore flood warning is in effect from 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon to 11 a.m. Wednesday for Niagara and Orleans counties. A combination of very high lake levels and brisk Northeast winds will locally increase lake levels along the south shore of Lake Ontario, with wave action possibly increasing shoreline flooding and erosion.

People in Wilson have been dealing with high tides and swells near Wilson Boat Harbor. First responders are staying on standby 24 hours a day so they be prepared to help those in need.

Chief Aaron Walker, fire chief of Wilson Fire Company #1, said that the department is working to help residents whose homes are surrounded by water.

“We sandbag them two or three times, we’ve pumped out their yards, trying to keep the water out,” Walker said. “But it’s getting bad- we’re probably going to have to evacuate sooner or later.”

The lake is currently 33 inches higher than the average water level for this time of year and four inches higher than the all-time high.

Water levels are not expected to go down until the middle or end of June.

Several Niagara County residents are waiting on federal assistance to help with their homes.


Niagara County officials held a press conference about their plan for how to deal with flooding and erosion Tuesday morning. The county is utilizing county-owned heavy equipment and long-reach excavators with 40- and 60- foot arms, which have been contracted through the NYS Canal Corp., to build submarine breakwaters to weaken waves before they roll on shore and erode land.

WIVB.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s