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Great Lakes Water Levels Expected To Remain High Throughout Summer

A flooded gas dock at a marina on Lake Ontario in Rochester, New York.
A flooded gas dock at a marina on Lake Ontario in Rochester, New York

A new forecast of water levels across the Great Lakes could be bad news for those seeking relief from flooding.

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers puts out a six month forecast for how high or low the lake levels are expected to be.

Their latest forecast predicts water across the Great Lakes will remain high for the duration of summer, and even into the fall.

The high levels are due to above average precipitation on the lakes, and that forecasted levels on Superior, Michigan-Huron, and Erie will be the highest since the 90s, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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

Veronica Volk is the Great Lakes Reporter/Producer for WXXI News, exploring environmental and economic issues, water, and wildlife throughout the region for radio, television, and the web.