Jun 13, 2019

The Great Lakes Are Overflowing

Multiple lakes broke water level records due to recent flooding

Multiple lakes broke water level records due to recent flooding

In May, both Lake Erie and Lake Superior broke average water level records. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Erie also reached its highest level on record in May.

The effects of these records have reached a variety of areas. According to The Washington Post, beaches have shrunk, and water has covered docks and damaged many roads.

“There’s houses surrounded by water, water going into houses and lake water in the roads,” Eric Anderson, an operations coordinator for the Henderson Fire District, told the Watertown Daily Times. “Carp are feeding in people’s front lawns.”

The Great Lakes have been a victim of this kind of flooding for months. This only intensifies during high-wind events and storms. According to The Washington Post, winter snowfall and rainfall are major drivers for high water this year.

Water levels in the Great Lakes are modulated by precipitation, natural springs and rivers, according to the Post. Great Lakes water levels usually rise during the spring into summer; however, this year, levels were extreme.

Rainfall surpluses have continued to be significant in the past months, according to the Post. However, the past few weeks have seen a drier weather pattern. Only persistent dryness would reduce the future flooding risk.

According to the Post, “the outlook from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicates monthly mean water levels for June are likely to meet or surpass record highs for that month.”