Plan 2014 (High Lake Levels)

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Great Lakes: Wind, waves a bad recipe for shoreline floods
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As of May 7, water levels in Lake Ontario were at about 75.55 metres, which is approximately 30 cm below 2017 record levels that swamped the Toronto Islands in 2017. Water levels are expected to rise approximately 1 cm each day based on the current inflow and outflow rates.
The lake level has been increasing sharply since mid-April when outflow to the St. Lawrence River was severely limited in an attempt to mitigate major flooding underway in eastern Ontario and southern Quebec.
The body responsible for regulating flow from the lake -- the International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board -- expects water levels to continue rising until late May or early June, and puts the forecast peak somewhere between 75.65 to 75.95 metres. That would top 2017's record levels by about two centimetres.

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Real time lake levels can be found on this government site, as listed below, the level for today would be close to 75.75. This would include the wave action from the lake.
https://waterlevels.gc.ca/eng/Station/Month?sid=13150




From the same Site;


Natural Factors Affecting Lake Levels
The natural factors that affect water level fluctuations include: precipitation, evaporation, runoff, groundwater, ice retardation, aquatic growth, meteorological disturbances, tides, crustal movements and meteorological disturbances. Precipitation in the form of rain, snow and condensation is the source of all waters reaching the Great Lakes. Over-lake precipitation represents a large and immediate supply of water to the Great Lakes because about one third of the Great Lakes basin area is lake surface. The land area contributing runoff to the Great Lakes, in a band from about 10 to 150 km wide around the lake shores, is drained by a system of rivers and intermittent streams. The amount of precipitation is fairly constant throughout the year, but winter precipitation stored as snowpack is a major contributor to spring runoff to the lakes.
Evaporation from the land and water surfaces depends on solar radiation, on temperature differences between the air mass and the water, and on humidity and wind. Evaporation from the Great Lakes is greatest in the fall and early winter when the air above the lakes is cold and dry and the lakes are relatively warm. Conversely, the evaporation is least in the spring and early summer when the air above the lakes is warm and moist and the lakes are cold. Condensation to the lake surface may result instead of evaporation. On the Great Lakes, the average annual evaporation from the lake surface is almost equivalent to the average annual precipitation onto the lake surface.
Groundwater is believed to be a minor component in adding or removing water from the lakes.
Ice retardation in the winter, when the flows in the outlet rivers of the Great Lakes are often impeded by ice formation or ice jams, and aquatic growth during the summer also have an effect on outlet flows and hence lake levels.
Tides, which are the periodic rise and fall of the water resulting from the gravitational interactions of the sun, moon, and earth, are only a few centimetres in the Great Lakes and are masked by larger fluctuations caused by meteorological disturbances.
Crustal uplift (isostatic rebound) since the last glaciation may tilt the basin and/or change the elevation of the outlet channels and have a long-term effect on lake levels.
Superimposed on this annual cycle of water levels and the multi-year fluctuation in supplies are meteorological disturbances causing short-term fluctuations over time frames ranging from hours to days. If there is a difference in atmospheric pressure over a body of water, the water level will be lower under the area of high pressure and higher under the area of low pressure. In the absence of other forces, the water surface slopes to adjust to the differences in atmospheric pressure along the surface. The term wind set-up refers to the slope of the water surface in the direction of the wind stress; the water level at the downwind end of the lake will rise. The difference in water level between the two ends of the lake depends on the length, shape and depth of the lake and the duration, direction and speed of the wind; the change in water level is greatest when a strong wind blows over a long, shallow lake for a long time. Storm surges are pronounced increases in the water level associated with the passage of storms. Although most of the change is a direct result of atmospheric pressure and wind set-up, the storm traveling over the water surface can cause a long surface wave to travel with it. The change in water level caused by these disturbances may be more pronounced in certain parts of a lake as a result of shoaling water, of funneling by shoreline configuration or of a gradually sloping inshore bottom which reduces the reverse sub-surface flow.
 
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News from around the lake


Carousel opening sandbagged as water levels rise
Again lake flooding delays start of historic attraction
News 07:12 PM by Karena Walter The St. Catharines Standard

Sandbags have been installed around the carousel in Port Dalhousie. The Victoria Day opening has been delayed. - Bob Tymczyszyn , Torstar
High water levels on Lake Ontario are pushing back the traditional Victoria Day weekend opening of the Lakeside Park Carousel for the second time in three years.
The historic carousel in Port Dalhousie has been surrounded by sandbags as parts of the park it sits in are under water.

Entire story can be found here
https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/9354372-carousel-opening-sandbagged-as-water-levels-rise/


Port Dalhousie trying to stave off rising water levels
News 01:51 PM by Mike Zettel Niagara This Week - St. Catharines

Members of the Dalhousie Yacht Club were busy piling sandbags this week to prevent damage to the building from waves. Pictured are (front to back) Paul Fagan, Jim White, Dave Bellhouse, Larisa Fry and Leigh Brown. - Mike Zettel/Torstar

Dalhousie Yacht Club's Paul Fagan said members are pleading with boaters to use caution when heading in and out of the harbour. - Mike Zettel/Torstar

Fencing has been installed along the east pier, much of which is under water. - Mike Zettel/Torstar

Much of the beach at Lakeside Park was flooded this week. - Mike Zettel/Torstar

Sandbags have been piled around the historic Lakeside Park Carousel. - Mike Zettel/Torstar

Despite the pooling, crews working on the Port Dalhousie pier restoration were still out Monday. - Mike Zettel/Torstar

The pathway along the beach was under water this week. - Mike Zettel/Torstar
The spring of 2017 is on people’s minds again, and all eyes are on Port Dalhousie to see if the unprecedented flooding seen that year returns.
Entire story can be found here
https://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/9353542-port-dalhousie-trying-to-stave-off-rising-water-levels/


Surging Lake Ontario approaching record water levels seen in 2017
Water levels in Lake Ontario are creeping up toward record numbers seen in 2017, when chunks of the city’s shoreline were flooded and washed away.
trails now closed because of flooding
CBC News · Posted: May 14, 2019 5:33 PM ET | Last Updated: May 14

The Royal Botanical Gardens says that due to rising lake levels, more low-lying trails may be flooded in these areas: Desjardin/Waterfront Trail, Spring Garden Rd, Grindstone Marsh, Marsh Walk Boardwalk, Chegwin Trail, Anishinaabe Waadiziwin Trail, Captain Cootes Trail, and Spencer Creek Trail. (Royal Botanical Gardens)
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Water levels in Lake Ontario are creeping up toward record numbers seen in 2017, when chunks of the city's shoreline were flooded and washed away.

High water and erosion has already forced the closure of sections of the Waterfront Trail along the Beach Strip and near Confederation Park, the city says — and it appears the water could remain there well into the summer, leaving well-loved Hamilton trails underwater.
"It could be mid-July before we see a consistent decline in water levels in the lake," said Jonathan Bastien, who handles water resources engineering for the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

entire story can be found here
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/water-levels-1.5136024
 

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Posted with permission from the Hamilton Spectator
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Rising water, storm surges closing multiple sections of Hamilton’s waterfront trail system
Lake Ontario is creeping up toward record water levels that drowned Hamilton beaches and trails in 2017.
May 14, 2019 by Matthew Van Dongen The Hamilton Spectator



Waves crash onto the pier near the lift bridge May 13. - Barry Gray,The Hamilton Spectator


The city has set up an emergency pumping station on flood-prone Bayside Street off of the beach strip to deal with anticipated rising lake levels/forecasted rain. It basically turns an old gravity sewer — which doesn't work with high lake levels — into a temporary force-main to push neighbourhood floodwater under QEW and into harbour. This area was hit hardest for basement flooding in 2017. - Barry Gray , The Hamilton Spectator








The City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Conservation Authority have closed sections of the Waterfront Trail along Lake Ontario due to flooding and erosion caused by high water levels May 13. - Handout photo , The Hamilton Spectator
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Storm surges and rising water levels have now closed parts of Hamilton's waterfront trail along both the harbour and Lake Ontario.
The latest closures come along a storm-drowned section of the Waterfront Trail east of Wild Waterworks and near a wave-chomped hole under the "Breezeway" trail near the Burlington lift bridge. Wild waves pushed by northeasterly winds pounded the shoreline this weekend as well as Monday.
The city has also been fighting a losing battle against rising water in Cootes Paradise which has repeatedly swamped a low-lying section of trail near the Desjardins Canal.


Sand bags are being piled higher and higher along the popular walking and cycling path, but the lowest section was again underwater this weekend.

On the low-lying beach strip, the city has set up a mobile pumping station at the end of flood-prone Bayside Street to help push excess water under the QEW and into the harbour.
The beach community suffered months of basement and crawl space flooding during record high water levels in 2017, but so far this year only a handful of homeowners have complained to the city.
Lake Ontario has surged to within a foot of record water levels set in 2017 and federal regulators that control outflow into the St. Lawrence River have warned levels will likely continue to rise through May.
Climbing water levels are partly due to heavy snowmelt and rain in the Great Lake basin this spring. But regulators have also slowed the flow out of Lake Ontario via a dam in Cornwall to give relief to badly flooded neighbourhoods downriver in Montreal.
Some upset lakeside property owners have also pointed to finger at a new joint U.S.-Canadian plan to regulate Lake Ontario levels and outflows, dubbed Plan 2014, which is meant to help restore coastal ecosystems.
More to come.
 

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Good morning

Friday May 17th, the average level is at 75.795 M

Per Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Since 2008, the May lake level average has been 75.10 M
The average lake level for May 2017 was 75.80 M
Surface water temperature by the lift bridge is 40 F

Next reading date is: Friday May 24th, 2019

Reading date / Lake Average 2019
May 03 – 75.51
Apr 29 – 75.41
Apr 12 – 75.10
Mar 29 – 75.018
Mar 15 – 75.0
Mar 08 – 74.97
Feb 22 – 75.00
Feb 08 – 74.96
Jan 25 – 74.88
Jan 11 – 74.81
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Reading date / Lake Average 2018
Dec 28 – 74.78
Dec 14 – 74.72
Nov 30 – 74.696
Nov 16 – 74.68
Nov 02 – 74.67
Oct 19 – 74.614
Oct 05 – 74.72
Sept 21 – 74.785
Sept 07 – 74.86
Aug 24 – 74.91
Aug 10 – 74.98
Jul 30 – 75.12
Jul 13 – 75.129
Jun 29 – 75.228
Jun 15 – 75.25
Jun 01 – 75.33
May 18 – 75.35
May 04 – 75.23
Apr 20 – 75.08
Apr 06 – 74.97
Mar 23 – 74.918
Mar 09 – 74.99
Feb 23 – 74.973
Feb 09 – 74.90
Jan 26 – 74.95
Jan 12 – 74.81 M
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Reading date / Lake Average 2017
Dec 27 – 74.71 M
Dec 08 – 74.795
Nov 24 – 74.89
Nov 09 – 74.929
Oct 27 – 74.83
Oct 10 – 74.95
Sept 29 – 74.99
Sept 15 – 75.12
Sept 01 – 75.28
Aug 18 - 75.47
Aug 04 - 75.6
July 22 - 75.71

Updated forecast for 2019 & Experimental 5 year forecast from the Army Corps of Engineers.

 
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Good morning

News from around the lake – déjà vu – almost 2 years to the day, should look the same by tomorrow with all the rain coming

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/more-rain-flood-risk-comes-amid-heightened-concern-over-shorelines-watershed-1.4131043

and more current news

https://www.chch.com/lake-ontario-water-levels-reaching-record-breaking-highs/

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/state-of-emergency-declared-for-8-counties-surrounding-lake-ontario/70008326

https://globalnews.ca/news/5309450/toronto-islands-flooding/


Friday May 24th, the average level is at 75.86 M

Per Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Since 2008, the May lake level average has been 75.10 M
The average lake level for May 2017 was 75.80 M
Surface water temperature by the lift bridge is 40 F

Next reading date is: Friday May 31st, 2019

Reading date / Lake Average 2019
May 17 – 75.795
May 03 – 75.51
Apr 29 – 75.41
Apr 12 – 75.10
Mar 29 – 75.018
Mar 15 – 75.0
Mar 08 – 74.97
Feb 22 – 75.00
Feb 08 – 74.96
Jan 25 – 74.88
Jan 11 – 74.81
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Reading date / Lake Average 2018
Dec 28 – 74.78
Dec 14 – 74.72
Nov 30 – 74.696
Nov 16 – 74.68
Nov 02 – 74.67
Oct 19 – 74.614
Oct 05 – 74.72
Sept 21 – 74.785
Sept 07 – 74.86
Aug 24 – 74.91
Aug 10 – 74.98
Jul 30 – 75.12
Jul 13 – 75.129
Jun 29 – 75.228
Jun 15 – 75.25
Jun 01 – 75.33
May 18 – 75.35
May 04 – 75.23
Apr 20 – 75.08
Apr 06 – 74.97
Mar 23 – 74.918
Mar 09 – 74.99
Feb 23 – 74.973
Feb 09 – 74.90
Jan 26 – 74.95
Jan 12 – 74.81 M
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Reading date / Lake Average 2017
Dec 27 – 74.71 M
Dec 08 – 74.795
Nov 24 – 74.89
Nov 09 – 74.929
Oct 27 – 74.83
Oct 10 – 74.95
Sept 29 – 74.99
Sept 15 – 75.12
Sept 01 – 75.28
Aug 18 - 75.47
Aug 04 - 75.6
July 22 - 75.71

Updated forecast for 2019 & Experimental 5 year forecast from the Army Corps of Engineers.



 
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Just to show how quickly the lake level has gone up this month, this first picture was taken May 6th and it shows the wall at the Windermere Creek near the exit to the Beach, the white line above the water is the level that creek reached back in 2017.
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This picture was taken May 17 and the level is now half way to the level of 2017.
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And from today, May 24th, the level is now only a couple inches from the 2017 level with more rain coming.
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https://watertowndailytimes.com/new...se-ijc-explains-management-strategy--20190522

https://fingerlakes1.com/2019/05/22/flooding-along-lake-ontario-in-wayne-cayuga-photos/

https://www.canada.ca/en/environmen...ews-great-lakes-st-lawrence/january-2019.html
 

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Lake Erie level stabilizes while Ontario continues to rise
NPCA releases latest flood watch update
May 26th
On Lake Ontario the water levels are still rising because of record flows from Lake Erie; however, the rate of rising had slowed due to favourable weather, reduced Ottawa River flows and increased flows out of Lake Ontario.

"They are allowed to let more water out of Lake Ontario with what has been going on along the Ottawa River," Kitchen said.

"You have the Moses Saunders hydropower generation station in Cornwall which goes across the entire St. Lawrence River. That is the pinch point where Lake Ontario is regulated."

"They can balance the effects upstream and downstream. If the Ottawa River is flooding Montreal, they can hold back the St. Lawrence River at Cornwall.
"That's what they have been doing, and that is why Lake Ontario has been on the rise of late. They haven't been able to let out as much water as they like.

The report said the water levels are still anticipated to rise over the coming week gradually.

As of May 22, the static water levels were at 75.81 metres, which is 76 centimetres above average for this time of year and seven centimetres below the record high levels set on May 25, 2017.

The International Lake Ontario–St. Lawrence River Board is forecasting a 50 per cent chance that levels will reach or exceed levels seen in 2017 within a week.

Since static water levels do not account for storm surge and wind-driven waves, residents with interests along Lake Ontario shoreline should pay close attention to any weather system that brings sustained winds from the east to northeast.

Much the same as Lake Erie, the resulting storm surge on Lake Ontario, could result in erosion due to damaging waves and localized flooding.

William.Sawchuk@niagaradailies.com

905-225-1630 | @bill_standard

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Read full article;
https://www.thespec.com/news-story/...l-stabilizes-while-ontario-continues-to-rise/
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CHCH, May 23rd

Lake Ontario water levels reaching record breaking highs

It’s almost a new record for Lake Ontario. The City of Hamilton says water levels are inching upwards causing concerns about flooding. Pumps have been deployed to the Beach Boulevard area, and in Bayfront Park, water is causing concern for many who use the trails.

The City of Hamilton says Lake Ontario water levels are more than a metre higher than usual. Dave Alberton watches the water for the city and he says Lake Ontario is just a couple centimetres shy of the record high-water level seen in 2017. That year the water caused flooding along streets and in basements, and caused damage to the shoreline.

The rising water and washed-in debris has been noticed by people walking the waterfront trail at Bayfront Park.

Along the Beach Boulevard, the city has already deployed pumps to address flooding impacting about twenty-five homes.
Watch video;
https://www.chch.com/lake-ontario-water-levels-reaching-record-breaking-highs/


More;
https://dailyhive.com/toronto/lake-ontario-shoreline-hazard-warning-may-21-2019

Checking the real time graph, on May 26th the lake level touched the 76 meter level.
 

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From;
https://ijc.org/en/loslrb/lake-onta...MokNjjOgmn_E_m3Dee9ao7JttHZ18vJPHbZFCjEnN9AKw

Lake Ontario likely to exceed 2017 water levels

Date
May 27, 2019
Lake Ontario water levels have reached 75.85 m (248.85 ft) and will likely reach or exceed the 2017 record high of 75.88 m (248.95 ft) with the next few days. Forecasts show that Lake Ontario levels are expected to crest within the next one to three weeks, mostly likely within a few centimeters (approximately 1 in.) of the record high, but potentially higher levels are possible should wet weather continue.
The main drivers for the high water levels continue to be the uncontrolled and record-high inflows from Lake Erie, through the Niagara River, and above average precipitation across the Lake Ontario and Ottawa River basins for this time of year.
Outflows from Lake Ontario have been increasing since May 16, and further Lake Ontario outflow increases are expected to continue as frequently as conditions allow.
Levels are still above the criterion H14 high level that applies this time of year, authorizing the International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board to deviate from regulation Plan 2014.
With high water impacts continuing both upstream and downstream, the Board has decided to continue to adjust outflows according to the F-limit rules of Plan 2014. The F-limit tries to balance high levels upstream on Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence, with those downstream on Lake St. Louis and the lower St. Lawrence.
The intent is to balance high water levels in the interests of all stakeholders, and to regulate Lake Ontario outflows to provide all possible relief to shoreline property owners and communities both upstream and downstream of the Moses-Saunders Power Dam.
Information on hydrologic conditions, water levels and outflows, including graphics and photos, are available on the Board’s website and posted to the Board’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/InternationalLakeOntarioStLawrenceRiverBoard (English)., and more detailed information is available on its website at https://www.ijc.org/en/loslrb.
Contacts:
Rob Caldwell: (613) 938-5864; Rob.Caldwell@canada.ca
Andrew Kornacki: (716) 879-4349, (716) 352-8669; Andrew.A.Kornacki@usace.army.mil

The International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board specifies the outflows from Lake Ontario, according to Plan 2014 as required in the 2016 Supplementary Order from the International Joint Commission. This plan was agreed to by the United States and Canada in December 2016 in an effort to improve environmental performance while maintaining most of the benefits provided to other interests by the previous Plan 1958-D, which was in use since 1963. In determining outflows, the Board, in conjunction with its staff, pays close attention to water levels in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River system and on the Great Lakes upstream, and to the effects on stakeholders within the basin .
Water levels vary from year-to-year and throughout the year depending on weather and water supply conditions. Such variations benefit coastal wetlands and are critical to a healthy lake environment, but may at times and depending on individual circumstances increase the vulnerability of shoreline structures and reduce opportunities for recreational boating activities. The Board urges everyone to be prepared to live within the full range of levels that have occurred in the past and of those that may occur in the future. Based on historical observations and projected future conditions, at a minimum, Lake Ontario water levels are expected to range from a high of 75.88 m (248.9 ft.) to a low of 73.56 m (241.3 ft.) at infrequent intervals. However, it is also recognized that future climate conditions are uncertain, and more extreme water levels may be reached and these extremes may occur more often. Levels on the St. Lawrence River tend to vary more widely than on Lake Ontario. Also, these levels do not include the varying local effects of strong winds and wave action that significantly increase or decrease local water levels on both the lake and river, with temporary changes of over half a meter (two feet) possible in some locations.
For more information, please see the Board’s website (
ijc.org/loslrb) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/InternationalLakeOntarioStLawrenceRiverBoard).To receive a weekly email about water levels and flows in the Lake Ontario–St. Lawrence River system, please send a blank e-mail message to stlaw-L-subscribe@cciw.ca with the word ’subscribe’ in the title and body of your message.
 

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From 1980


Natural Factors


The difference between the amount of water coming into a lake


and the amount going out is the determining factor in whether

the water level will rise, fall or remain stable. When several

months of above-average precipitation occur with cooler, cloudy​

conditions that cause less evaporation, the levels gradually rise.​

Likewise, prolonged periods of lower-than-average precipitation and​

warmer temperatures typically result in lowering of water levels.​
 

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Rising Lake Ontario forces another closure of swamped Hamilton waterfront trails
The city has fought a see-saw battle against rising water, stacking sandbags and dumping gravel to keep the popular Desjardins Recreational Trail open.
May 28th by Matthew Van Dongen The Hamilton Spectator


The City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Conservation Authority closed sections of the Waterfront Trail along Lake Ontario due to flooding and erosion caused by high water levels. - Handout photo , The Hamilton Spectator

Read whole article, some very good photos;
https://www.thespec.com/news-story/...losure-of-swamped-hamilton-waterfront-trails/
 
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We went for a bike ride last night along the waterfront trail (I forgot to bring the camera - arrrg ! ), we got as far the Lakeview concession pavilion before turning back. The paved path at this point was covered with debris that has washed up from the lake. The Lakeland Kartway beside the pavilion has over a third of its go cart track flooded, I do not remember it being that bad back in 2017. Heading back home towards the lift bridge where we made it as far as the washed out area by the channel where city crews have now blocked off complete access to the lift bridge. The waves were now cutting under the elevated paved path, it will not take many more storms to collapse it.

Scott or anyone on here, if you will be out that way with your camera today, maybe you can snap a couple pictures to post here
 

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Today the City completely closed the Trail access to the piers as they did in 2017 to protect residents from high levels near the piers and one section of the Trail has been eroded badly.
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This picture is from today showing more erosion.

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Compare the erosion to a photo taken by Opie two weeks ago.



And we set a new record lake level yesterday as Lake Ontario went over the 76m mark. The blue line at the 1.8m mark is 76 meters above sea level.

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Article on the CBC from today;
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/beach-strip-climate-change-1.5142115
 
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Looking at the weather forecast for later this week and the wind speeds will be fast but lucky for us they will be blowing from the north to north west. However our neighbors to the south will not be so lucky. From Greece NY eastwards past Oswego and beyond will get hammered by Friday morning from those winds, thoughts and prayers go out to them, they will be getting some very large waves hitting the shores.

https://13wham.com/news/local/ontario-rising-senators-call-on-fema-to-be-ready-to-expedite-aid-to-flooded-areas

Rochester, N.Y./Washington, D.C. – Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer are calling on FEMA to be ready to respond to aid requests stemming from flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline.
The senators sent a letter to acting FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor, calling for the agency to be ready when those requests come in.
The letter reads, in part:
Even after Lake Ontario’s water level crests, it will take many weeks throughout the remaining summer months for the water to drop, which may likely make it difficult to get a full accounting of damage incurred. Therefore, we also urge FEMA to stand ready to support any forthcoming requests for expedited assistance without a full field damage assessment. FEMA should be prepared to work with New York State and be as flexible as possible, should the state submit an expedited request for disaster assistance for the communities impacted by the Lake Ontario flooding.
Parts of Monroe County around Lake Ontario remain under a state of emergency amid high water levels. Tuesday, rising waters and crashing waves created devastating scenes around the lake, including in Greece and Parma.
 
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Lake Ontario water levels the highest in recorded history

By Karen Graham 4 hours ago in Environment
Water levels on Lake Ontario have reached the highest point in recorded history, putting the Toronto Islands in Canada at risk of significant flooding, while New York residents along the lake's shores are facing similar risks.


Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/environment/lake-ontario-water-levels-the-highest-in-recorded-history/article/550951#ixzz5pSoVALtA




We had a spike over 76m yesterday, then the level went back below. Another record.




A picture from today of the Windermere Creek, the level is about the same as the 2017 high water level.


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All the sidestreets have pumps going and the birds are having a good time.

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