Conservation Halton has issued a flood watch statement for the Lake Ontario shoreline.
According to Conservation Halton, Lake Ontario reached a mean daily water level of 75.89 m on July 1, 2019, having dropped two cm over the preceding week.
“The latest water level is [three] cm below this year’s peak level (recorded on June 15), but remains 84 cm above average and [one] cm above the record daily peak level of 75.88 m recorded in late-May 2017,” reads a recent news release.
With that being said, it is expected that Lake Ontario levels will slowly decline in the coming days, with the resumption of drier conditions combined with the continuation of record-high outflows.
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But regardless, water levels will stay elevated for the next several weeks, and into the summer months, as record inflows from Lake Erie are expected to continue.
All shoreline areas should be considered dangerous during this time.
“Localized flooding combined with the potential for waves to overtop breakwalls and other shoreline structures continue to make these locations extremely dangerous,” reads the release. “Conservation Halton is asking all residents to exercise caution around Lake Ontario shoreline areas and to alert children in your care of these imminent dangers.”
The flood watch statement will remain in effect until July 17.