Lake Ontario water levels on the spring rise


Lake Ontario water levels continue to rise as they always do during the spring season, but any more rise will cause more concern among those along the Lake Ontario shoreline. In fact, the lake is expected to rise eleven inches by the end of May. 

Town of Irondequoit Supervisor Dave Seeley: “I was just down at the water, and it’s to the level now you can see it get a little higher.” Preparations are underway. “The first thing we did was we ordered the sandbagger. That was something that came a little bit later two years ago.” 

He has been looking downstream to Montréal they have been fighting flooding. “You have people underwater in Quebec, so obviously that complicates things.” 

The daily outflow has dropped significantly to help those that are flooding in Canada. As far as the Lake Ontario water levels, those are forecast to increase, but there is less than a five percent chance that flooding close to 2017 will be seen. 

Minor flooding, according to International Joint Commission contributor Diane Kuehn, is possible. “I don’t see that happening right now, but it could,” said Kuehn. “It’s not out of the probability that it could happen, we are well below what happened in 2017 though.” 

“I hope not, not for my sake, but for the sake of our residents that we don’t have to deal with this annually,” said Seeley. 

The peak will likely happen in late May and early June. This point will be a good indicator as to whether or not there will be significant flooding on Lake Ontario. 

You can find more information on Lake levels here

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