Lake Ontario shows repeat pattern of rising levels

Lake Ontario shows repeat pattern of rising levels (WHAM Photo)

GREECE, N.Y. (WHAM) - New data indicates Lake Ontario is reaching higher levels, as compared to this time last year.

"My mother left me this house," said Greece homeowner Cathy Brown. "Now, I'm older and I'm on social security and I have no way of fixing this house."

In her front yard, her break wall is crumbling and her retaining wall is blown over. She says she wants to move.

"What are you going to get from a house that is damaged by flood?" she asks. "Who is going to buy it?"

"For Sale" signs are popping up all over Edgemere Drive in Greece. This comes as Lake Ontario continues to rise.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the lake rose six inches from last month - and eight inches compared to this time last year.

"It's just like an ocean when it gets stormy out," said Greece resident Bruce Steagall.

Jim Yockel of the Rochester Association of Realtors says year-end numbers do not indicate that consumers are not buying property on the lake.

"I think it creates uncertainty, wondering if its going to be a normal weather pattern or if it's a one time thing," Yockel said. "[Buyers] understand that flooding is potentially an issue. This historic flooding is not going to happen every year, but I think time will tell when the end result is."

Lake Ontario is expected to fall by three inches in February. However, those estimates depend on how much snow and rain our region gets over time.

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