Lake Water Levels Lower Than Last Year At This Time

Lake Water Levels Lower Than Last Year At This Time

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James Price has lived in his home right on Lake Ontario for decades. He has a nice view, but he fell victim to last summer's intense flooding.

"Our property, we got a lot of driftwood, branches, and trees," said Price, who lives in Chaumont.

Luckily, he had no home damage like his neighbors, but flat ground behind his house was broken down by the water.

"Some of our property was eroded and gone. We'll have to take a look at this spring," he said.

But these calm waters are a good sign. Lake Ontario's water levels are lower than what they were this time last year.

A member of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board says there was a record-breaking amount of water released from the Moses-Saunders Dam last month.

"High discharge over the winter months has allowed for the reduction of water levels on Lake Ontario," said Tony David of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board.  

While the low levels are good for spring, when you look further ahead, homeowners along the lake may not be in the clear just yet.

"When we look at the long-term forecast, they include both wet and a dry outlook so really long-term, anything is possible," said David.

But Price is hopeful this summer won't look like last year.

"Oh, my God, no, no repeat. We don't want that. It's very scary," he said.

Water is still being released from the Moses-Saunders Dam and, Monday morning, the New York Power Authority also started releasing water from the Long Sault Dam.

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