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Lake Ontario level breaks record; more flooding possible starting Sunday night

Jun 4, 2019
Originally published on June 2, 2019 6:08 am

The level of water on Lake Ontario has hit a record high and residents along the south shore of Lake Ontario are likely to face challenges again starting Sunday night.

That’s according to information from the National Weather Service which has issued a Lakeshore Flood Warning from Sunday evening through early Tuesday morning.

That is for counties including Monroe, Wayne, Orleans and Niagara.  The weather service says the combination of very high lake levels and moderate to strong northwest winds will result in greater wave action and an increase in shoreline flooding.

The International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board said that as of Friday,  the lake level was at 248.98 feet, slightly above the 248.95 record set during the flooding in 2017.

The board has increased the flow of water out of the lake through a dam on the St. Lawrence River and it says more increases in that outflow will happen as soon as possible.

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