Lake Erie Sees Record High Water Levels in June
Lake Erie saw record high average water levels in June 2019, as well Lake Superior, Lake St. Clair and Lake Ontario, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The new record June levels are between three and four inches higher than the previous records. Lakes Superior, St. Clair and Erie set their June records in 1986, and Lake Ontario set its record in 2017. Lake Michigan-Huron fell less than one inch short of its June record.
The records for Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are the highest for any month dating back to 1918.
June's wet weather kept lake levels high, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was the third month in a row with above average precipitation across the Great Lake basin as a whole. The wet weather has also caused stream flows into the Great Lakes to remain well above average for this time of year.
Additional, record high water levels are possible on all the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair this summer.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said coastal flooding and shoreline erosion, especially during storm events, will continue to threaten the Great Lakes region.