On Thursday November 10th, nearly 150 people turned out in Wayne County, Michigan to discuss the rising water levels of Lake Ontario and to talk about the flooding, both from this past summer as well as for the upcoming summers.
This past season delivered high water levels to the residents living along the Lake Ontario’s shoreline. Causing concern for the high possibility of flooding, resulting in damaging their homes and belongings. These high water levels, mixed in with high wind speeds, resulted in people being hit with water almost daily.
The meeting was called so residents can voice their opinions on the flooding and flood warnings which occurred throughout the first half of the year. In addition to talking about why this was happening and ways to prevent it from happening in the future.
A joint committee, made up of Canadian and American men and woman claimed that the high water levels and flooding was due to unprecedented rainfall as well as water flows from other areas of the Great Lakes. The committee believes that water regulation will not affect or lower the amount of flooding which occurs.
Shoreline residents believe different, thinking that stronger regulation of the water levels will lead to less flooding due to more time to prepare.
Others argued against Plan 2014, which deals with regulating how much water is released from Lake Ontario through a huge dam on the St. Lawrence River. The plan began in this past January, seemingly right when water levels began to rise.
A spokes lady for the joint committee claimed that it is not about completely eliminating the flooding, it is about minimizing the damages that occur when it does begin to flood. She stressed that neither Plan 2014 or any other regulation could help eliminate flooding, stating that natural factors will overthrow any efforts regardless.
The state has however, started a shoreline relief flooding program for those who qualify on Lake Ontario, rewarding up to $50,000 to property owners to help assist with damages or rebuild protective break walls.
Hopefully the states and the committee will get together more often to ensure that these water levels and the amount of flooding remains under control. Having a homeowners insurance plan is also a great way to keep your home and your belongings protected in the case of a flood or any other accident. There are many great homeowners insurance plans throughout the Chicagoland area.