High water on Lake Ontario: Who’s to blame?

The waters of Lake Ontario, already at their highest point in a quarter-century, are continuing to rise. Shoreline property is flooding and erosion is worsening — and the lake level is expected to go up at least another four inches and quite possibly more by mid-summer.

In Monroe County, the Lake Ontario shore is lined with modest cottages, palatial homes and vintage businesses worth a combined $400 million to $500 million. Millions of dollars more worth of homes and businesses sit near the water in Wayne, Orleans, Niagara, Cayuga and two counties farther east. Many of those properties are one bad storm away from flooding that could prove exceptionally damaging.

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