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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David Sommerstein, North Country Public Radio

Politicians and environmental groups continue to spar over the cause of flooding that's damaging homes and businesses along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

On Wednesday, several environmental groups criticized N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other politicians for blaming a new lake management plan that took effect in January.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made a stop in the Town of Greece on Monday, at a house on Edgemere Drive, one of the areas that was hardest hit by the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Cuomo came to the home of Joe and Charlie Burgio, one of the many houses where water has poured over decks, washed out docks and caused basement flooding.

The governor previously pledged $10 million in state aid for eligible municipalities and up to $5 million in grants for small businesses.

New York State is making $7 million available to help homeowners recover from flooding along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines.

Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

Public beaches along the Lake Ontario shoreline are under water, which may put a damper on some summer plans.


Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

Spring flooding along Lake Ontario is damaging many homes along the shoreline, and it’s hurting people who have businesses there. Now, business owners say it will take a long time to recover -- even after the floodwaters go away.


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