Lake Ontario Water Levels Higher Than Last Year

Flood threat already arriving for shoreline residents and businesses

Tom Puckett
February 05, 2020 - 2:43 pm

Flooding in patio area of Olcott Yacht Club by Lake Ontario. July 11, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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Niagara County, NY (WBEN) Niagara County's emergency services director says water levels on Lake Ontario are already on the rise.

Jonathan Schultz says the current water level is 246.59’, about nine inches above where they were on this date one year ago. “All the Great Lakes water levels are high right now and as you know, that water has to go somewhere and that somewhere is Lake Ontario,” Schultz tells WBEN. “We’ve learned a lot of lessons in battling this flooding in 2017 and 2019 so we want to begin planning immediately.”

Schultz said a State of Emergency was declared last year at 248.8’, and would most likely be again this year based on observed conditions. He said he is planning for levels of 250.0’ at peak this year. “That level could necessitate some homeowner evacuations so we need to be prepared for that,” said Schultz. “I hope I’m proven wrong, but right now, the signs are pointing toward a very challenging year along the lakeshore.”

Schultz reminds folks while a state of emergency could happen, it is business as usual along the lakefront.

 

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