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Officials: Great Lakes water levels have peaked for year

No July record water levels set on Lake St. Clair

By: Kristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published August 4, 2020


Most of the Great Lakes have likely reached their peak water levels for the year, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.

Water levels on Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario declined in July, with no new records set. The water level of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron set a monthly mean record high water level in July, and may do so again in August, but is expected to slowly drop through the remainder of 2020. The Army Corps reports that Lake Superior is expected to peak in August before entering its period of typical seasonal decline.

“While we expect water levels to decline across most of the Great Lakes, levels still remain extremely high,” said John Allis, chief of Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office, District Detroit, in a press release. 

With continued high water on many of the lakes and approaching fall storms, the Army Corps urges those who were impacted by the high water levels in fall 2019 to prepare for similar or worse conditions over the next few months.

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