Great Lakes water levels are uncommonly high this spring—and still rising

Lake Erie is known for its many shallow points, but this spring, the lake’s waters seem determined to defy their reputation. Water levels have risen several inches in the last month and are way up from the usual average for this time of year.

Erie isn’t the only Great Lake experiencing higher-than-usual water this spring. Lake Ontario is also experiencing an abundance of water, and it has led to the flooding of properties, parks, and parking lots. According to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the water is at the highest levels since the 1980s.

“I love living on the lake, but not in the lake,” Monroe County resident Sam Schell told the Democrat and Chronicle. His property in Greece, New York, has recently been inundated with water, as have many homes on Lake Ontario’s south-of-the-border shores.

The high water levels are partly due to unusually high levels of rain, as well as seasonal temperatures and water-level cycles that can play out over several years. More rain is expected in the next few weeks, meaning it’s possible that flooding will continue and some parks will be closed.




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