The order allows state agencies to allocated more resources to the affected areas, including Monroe and Wayne counties
The governor of New York has declared a state of emergency for eight counties along the Lake Ontario shoreline.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for potential flooding in Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne counties.
The order allows state agencies to allocate more resources to help local governments and homeowners in responding to and recovering from the flooding.
The governor has also put 200 members of the New York National Guard on standby to be deployed to any of the eight counties. More than one million sandbags, 20 sandbaggers, hundreds of pumps, and more than 5,000 feet of aquadam have already been deployed to affected communities.
A 5 mph speed limit is now in effect to limit wakes within 1,000 feet of the shoreline. The no-wake zone does not apply to communities along the St. Lawrence River.
Business owners are anxious but they are vowing to stay open as they approach the Memorial Day start to the summer season, frequently the period on which their businesses depend.
"We'll just make the best of what we have," Joe Hoock, manager of the Bay Side Pub in Webster, said last week. "There's nothing you can do about it. So we'll just make the best. We are a family down here. We're just going to make it work."
The pub's dock was already underwater last Wednesday with sandbags piled on it just to keep it from washing away and its lawn, normally full of picnic tables where bands normally play music, was submerged.
"We're going to lose our bands," Hoock sighed. "We lose our overflow seating. We lose all our boat traffic. It's not a good situation."
Three new members of the International Joint Commission were confirmed last Thursday. The IJC plays a pivotal role in setting Lake Ontario's water levels.
The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Jane L. Corwin as the next U.S. chairwoman and Robert C. Sisson and Lance V. Yohe as commissioners.
Sen.Charles Schumer says with water levels nearing 2017's historic lake flooding, ensuring the IJC is full-staffed could not be more important.