IJC report: Weather, not Plan 2014, cause for flooding along Lake Ontario

A newly-released report blames the weather – and not a controversial lake level plan – for devastating flooding along Lake Ontario last year.

Some property owners whom 13WHAM spoke with Thursday say they’re not surprised by the findings of the International Joint Commission, the group which came up with the controversial Plan 2014 to regulate lake levels. But they worry future flooding is a real possibility.

The IJC says, with record precipitation last year, it carefully monitored the water levels daily on both sides of the dam in Canada. The commission says this actually kept water levels lower than they would have been without regulation.

The report concluded that extreme weather and water supply conditions were the top reasons water levels rose to record levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Those who own property along the lake believe the IJC didn’t regulate the water early enough, and that Plan 2014 did contribute to the devastating flooding.

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