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2 Great Lakes, Plus Lake St. Clair Set Record High Water Levels

July 09, 2019 - 4:44 pm

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Water levels in two of the Great Lakes are now at the highest ever recorded.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency tasked with flood protection, confirms because of three months of abnormally wet weather, Lakes Erie and Ontario reached their highest points last month, since record-keeping began in 1918.

Also setting a new mark was Lake St. Clair, which is part of the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Erie.

The USACE said Lake Superior's level set a record for the month of June; and lakes Huron and Michigan missed setting a monthly record by less than an inch.

Previous highs for June were reached in 1986 on Lakes Superior, St. Clair and Erie and in 2017 on Lake Ontario.

Hydrologist Keith Kompoltowicz of the Army Corps says three months of abnormally wet weather have kept stream flows into the Great Lakes well above average.

As levels continue to surge, Michigan Department of Natural Resources has extra marine patrols out to enforce no-wake zones. “Your boat may create a wake that seems harmless, but it could cause a turbulence in an already flooded area," said Lt. Tom Wanless of the DNR.

The city of Detroit has been handing out sand bags to residents along the Detroit River.

"This is the worst I've ever seen and I've lived here since 1973," said Luthern Jones speaking to WWJ's Charlie Langton on a flooded Ashland Street. "I guess I have to wear swimming trunks at all times."

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