Extended Flood Watch Issued As Water Levels Sit At All-Time Record Highs

Thursday July 2nd, 2020

Posted at 8:30pm

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An extended flood watch has been issued for July as water levels for Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie remain near the all-time record highs set in 2019.

According to the Essex Region Conservation Authority, preliminary information indicates that Lake St. Clair surpassed last year’s monthly average record for the month of June, while Lake Erie fell just shy of last year’s record of 175.14 metres IGLD 85.

They say that predictions indicate that with average water supplies, both lakes could see a slight reduction in water levels; however they say that according to currently available information, both lakes remain well above their long term averages by  roughly 83 cm (Lake St. Clair) and 75 cm (Lake Erie).

Predictions also show that, with average water supplies, levels could remain near those experienced last year. This continues to elevate the risk of flooding and erosion near shoreline areas.

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