Lake Erie water levels have reached an all-time high, beating records set in 1986 by a quarter-inch, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
In May Lake Erie averaged 574.3 feet over sea level, which is about 30 inches above normal.
“Several months of wet weather, including a significant snowpack across the northern Great Lakes basin and recent heavy rain events have pushed water levels higher than originally forecasted,” said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.
The Great Lakes region will continue to see the threat of coastal flooding and shoreline erosion, especially during storm events. Localized water levels are often impacted by winds and can be significantly higher during storms. Water levels and flow rates in the connecting channels of the Great Lakes are also high and may, depending on winds and other atmospheric conditions, lead to localized flooding.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has authority to support communities in flood fighting by providing technical expertise, and in certain instances, provide flood fight supplies, such as sandbags and plastic sheeting. This assistance must be requested by state authorities.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is predicting Lake Erie will drop 2 inches by July 1.