Lake Erie water levels have reached an all-time high, again, 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, beating records set in 1986 by a quarter-inch. In June Lake Erie averaged 574.62 feet over sea level, just over the all-time record set in May and 4.1 inches higher than the previous monthly record of 1986.
Record amounts of rainfall have contributed to rising lake levels, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Several months of wet weather have pushed water levels higher than originally forecasted.
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.