Extreme Flooding

Great Lakes water levels expected to set record highs

Great Lakes water levels expected to set record highs

The forecasted water levels on Lake Superior, St. Clair and Erie are all expected to break records set in the early 1950s and mid-1980s.

DETROIT, Mich. – The U.S. Army corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announced that record high water levels are forecasted on several of the Great Lakes over the next six months.

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Lakes with forecasted record highs include Superior and Erie, as well as Lake St. Clair. Lakes Michigan, Huron and Ontario are currently forecasted not to reach record highs, but very high water levels are expected there as well.

“Several months of wet weather, including a significant snowpack across the northern Great Lakes basin and recent heavy rain events have pushed water levels higher than originally forecasted,” said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.

The Great Lakes region will continue to see the threat of coastal flooding and shoreline erosion, especially during storm events. Water levels and flow rates in the connecting channels of the Great Lakes are also high and could possibly lead to localized flooding.

To view the monthly bulletin of water levels for the Great Lakes, click here.

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