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Lake Superior remains high despite dry June

Lake Superior remains high despite dry June Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: July 02, 2020 12:57 PM

Lake Superior's water level remains higher than average despite an abnormally dry June.

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The International Lake Superior Board of Control reported Thursday that the lake rose about 2 inches (5 centimeters) over the month, which is about 1 inch (3 centimeters) less than usual for June.  At the beginning of July, the lake is 9 inches (23 centimeters) above average and 5 inches (13 centimeters) below the record-high level set last year.

"Nonetheless, water levels are expected to remain high over at least the next few months and further record-highs are possible if wet conditions return. Furthermore, there will continue to be a significantly increased risk of shoreline erosion, lakeshore flooding and coastal damages as high water levels persist," the board wrote in its monthly update.

Elsewhere, Lake Michigan-Huron is nearly 35 inches (88 centimeters) above average. It set a new record at the beginning of July, topping last year's record by 4 inches (10 centimeters).

The board said those who may be affected by strong winds and high waves should be prepared for "potentially severe coastal impacts." Property owners with damage are asked to report it to the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management Committee through an online questionnaire at https://ijc.org/glam/questionnaire.  

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