Hearing Tonight On Spring & Summer Flooding

Hearing Tonight On Spring & Summer Flooding

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State lawmakers are holding a hearing Tuesday night on flooding this spring and summer along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

State Sen. Patty Ritchie along with other state lawmakers are hosting the hearing.

They say it's an opportunity to examine all the factors for this year's flooding,  including the unusual snow run-off and record rain, and Plan 2014, which regulates water levels on the lake and river. 

The plan is designed to allow water to flow more naturally. 

Many officials in upstate New York and lake shore property owners have put the blame on the International Joint Commission (IJC), the U.S.-Canadian panel that controls outflows of water from Lake Ontario. 

The commission says heavy rain is to blame.

The hearing is at 4 p.m. at Mexico High School in Oswego County.

Ritchie and the other state lawmakers have invited members of the local IJC board, other lawmakers, and representatives from organizations that include the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Sea Grant.

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