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Lake Superior water levels remain high

The risk of erosion, flooding along coast could be severe during strong winds, high waves.

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People enjoy a nice Wednesday, June 24, in Lake Superior and at the lighthouse on Wisconsin Point. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Although water levels in Lake Superior did not rise as much as they typically do in June, they are expected to remain high over the next few months, according to a Thursday, July 2 release from Charles Sidick with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Further record highs are possible if wet conditions return.

There will continue to be a significantly increased risk of shoreline erosion, lakeshore flooding and coastal damages as high water levels persist, according to Sidick, and those who may be affected should prepare for potentially severe coastal impacts, especially during periods of strong winds and high waves.

Lake Superior rose two inches over the month of June; on average, the water rises 3 inches in June. The lake was 5 inches below the record-high beginning-of-the-month level set last year in 2019 at the beginning of July.

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