Heavy Rains Raise Water Levels in Lake
WTOL-TV (Toledo, OH)
Published May 17, 2005
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Last month's heavy rain helped contribute
to a higher water level in Lake Erie that is affecting
beach goers, recreational boaters and freight shipping
in the state. The lake is a foot higher than it was a
year ago, helped by the rain and higher water levels in
the upper Great Lakes, which drain into Lake Erie.
"This happens," said George Controneo, a hydrologic
engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers. "The lakes
go up and down a bit. It's not unusual. There's nothing
we can do but watch."
The higher water makes it easier for boaters to navigate
shallow areas, said Caz Kravec, clubhouse manager at the
Forest City yacht Club. And freighters can carry more
cargo in the deeper water. "What it really does mean
in the big picture is the vessels are being used more
efficiently," said Glen Nekvasil, spokesman for the
Lake Carriers Association, which represents operators
of U.S. ships on the Great Lakes.
But the higher water also can pick up debris that was
sitting on shore, sending it into the water.
This year's water level, while higher than normal, is
still about 20 inches below the record for this time of
year, which was set in 1986, Controneo said.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.