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IJC hopes to increase Lake Ontario outflows in 'coming days'

IJC hopes to increase Lake Ontario outflows in 'coming days'

May 18, 2017 05:26 PM

The agency that controls water levels in Lake Ontario plans to increase outflows to help with lakeshore flooding.

The International Joint Commission's Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board says the decreasing water flow into Lake St. Louis, near Montreal, from the Ottawa River should allow them to increase outflows from Lake Ontario in "coming days and weeks."

If drier conditions continue, the board says, "Outflow is expected to surpass inflow, at which time Lake Ontario’s water level will peak and begin to gradually decline."

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However, the IJC says it will take several weeks to lower the level.

The agency continues to blame the wet spring for the flooding along the lake that has resulted in flooding and shore erosion that has put homes at risk. However, some lawmakers blame the IJC's Plan 2014 that was put in effect earlier this year and allowed higher lake levels.

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