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Lake Ontario levels expected to decrease throughout summer

Veronica Volk
Great Lakes Today
Last year's floods affected shoreline homes, including this residence in Greece, NY.

It looks like Lake Ontario may have already reached its peak high for the season, which is good news for lakefront home owners and business owners.

This time last year, Lake Ontario was almost 2 feet higher than it is right now. That means a lot of properties along the shore, particularly in places like Sodus Point and Hamlin, were underwater and had been for weeks.

This year, the levels are still higher than the long-term average, but nowhere near those record-breaking highs of last year. Arun Heer, the U.S. secretary for the International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board, expects this trend to continue if weather conditions cooperate.

"This month has been dry so far in terms of rainfall," Heer said. "So if we see dry or average rainfall patterns continue, we can expect to see the lake declining here in the short term."

Until then, Heer said, the board will continue letting water out of the lake at the maximum amount allowed under current regulations.

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.
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