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Will high lake levels cause repeat of 2017 flooding?

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Flooding in 2017 resulted in heavy property losses.

According to the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board, Lake Ontario is more than a foot higher than usual for this time of year. However, Keith Koralewski of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says, “Most of the Great Lakes are currently above average.”

Will that mean a repeat of the 2017 floods along the south shore of Lake Ontario, which caused heavy damage to property and losses of homes and businesses. Koralewski said it is too early to tell. He said the current lake levels are largely due to heavy precipitation, which could change over the next few months.

“If we see lower supplies,” he said, “we’ll see levels go down.”

In an attempt to regulate the high levels, Koralewski said the amount of water being let out of Lake Ontario is higher than average, as well.

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