Lakeshore Flood Warning active for Wayne, Northern Cayuga as Lake Ontario churns

The National Weather Service upgraded the Lakeshore Flood Watch to a Warning on Sunday, which prompted even more concern over those communities along the shore of Lake Ontario.

The winds turned to a northwest breeze, which pushed up toward 20 mph consistently Sunday evening in much of the region. Larger waves were threatening homes along the shoreline, just like businesses, which have both taken a beating over the last 30 days.

Combine this with the fact that homeowners now know that much of the damage that’s occurring will not be covered, unless special insurance is purchased — it’s taking it’s toll. It’s been an every day battle, with headlines following the damage.

A series of homes and cottages along the lakeshore in Wayne and Monroe counties are hanging on the edge, literally, as waves and water wash away the buffer that once stood between them and the lake. Homes that once enjoyed a 30 foot buffer, are mere feet from falling into the lake. Even worse, some properties are partially hanging over the edge.

The National Weather Service says that flooding is possible along the southeast shore of Lake Ontario. Low lying areas are going to be most-prone to flooding, while bays and inlets will be impacted.

Winds are expected to subside Monday afternoon and evening.

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould issued an advisory to boaters who might be taking to the waters of any local bodies this weekend or next week as temperatures rise into the 80s.

Sheriff Gould said, “Most are flowing at an elevated level due to recent rain and contain debris such as floating logs often hidden from the surface.”

He added, “The Seneca River, including Cross Lake, as well as Lake Ontario are considerably high causing flooding resulting in erosion and damage to structures.”

He says boaters should use caution and good judgement and make every effort to avoid flooded shorelines.

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