A home toppled due to erosion on Lake Michigan. MLive Media Group

Great Lakes Water Levels Threaten Record Highs

Forecasted water levels for February on the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair are all well above their long term monthly averages and are also above the average water levels across the Great Lakes.

The Army Core of Engineers have created a weekly and daily table for water levels across all of the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair. Once again it appears the boating season will be full of underwater docks, flooding businesses along the lake shores, and threatened infrastructure.

Geneva, OH Erosion – Tim Dubravetz / ideastream

The lack of ice cover has allowed many areas to be see big areas of shoreline eroded away by big waves. Last week in Lake Erie the Geneva, OH area saw over 35ft of its shoreline ripped away by the water in less than a week. With Lake Erie at its highest level since 1986 this activity will continue with every heavy wind.

The forecast from the Army Core of Engineers show Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior will also have nearly record breaking levels through May. Lake Ontario is not looking to break any records. However, it will remain 7 to 12 inches above its level from last year through May.


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