Lake Ontario

Ontario, which lies on the eastern end of the region, has the smallest surface area of the five Great Lakes. It is 193 miles long and 53 miles wide. Its average depth is 283 feet.  

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Governor Cuomo stopped in shoreline communities in Greece and Sodus Point to unveil some new technology designed to save homes and businesses from further damage from high water levels on Lake Ontario. 

Damage he says is due in part to a late response from the board that regulates water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, the International Joint Commission.

Cuomo says the state is testing two "Aqua Dams," water filled synthetic device that, when it works, acts like a portable dam.

There will be more water flowing out of Lake Ontario in an effort to help ease the recent flooding conditions along the south shore.

The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board agreed this week to increase the water flowing out of the lake at a greater rate. Secretary for the board, Arun Heer says this will be the highest outflow ever released from the lake on a sustained basis.

Because of that, Heer says officials will closely monitor the situation for a few days to see if there are any major adverse impacts.

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The US Army Corps of Engineers predicts that water across the Great Lakes will remain high for the duration of summer, and even into the fall.

The Corps says these high levels are due to above average precipitation on the lakes. Forecasted levels on Superior, Michigan-Huron, and Erie will be the highest since the 1990s.

Lake Ontario levels will also remain high, after setting a record for highest average lake levels for the month of May. 

Communities along Lake Ontario -- ranging from Toronto to tiny Sodus Point, N.Y. -- have seen flooding for weeks.

WXXI News

Lake Ontario is currently more than two and a half feet above average for this time of year, and communities around the lake are still experiencing extreme flooding and erosion. People in communities like Sodus Point in New York are still unable to return to their homes, and beaches like Durand Beach in Rochester New York are nearly completely disappeared and closed until further notice.

In response to this flooding, the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board has decided to keep outflows high.

WBFO News

It began as a gimmick: a towering rubber duckie that promised to lure people to waterfront festivals around the world.

The cute, yellow giant has drawn thousands in places like Hong Kong and Taiwan. But now the artist who created that work is taking issue with a newer, larger version. 

Call it Duckie v. Duckie.

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