Great Lakes water levels remain high going into the spring

Posted at 12:42 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 16:43:05-05

(WXYZ) — Water levels on each of the Great Lakes remain very high going into the spring, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced.

Although 2020 started with wetter conditions, February was a fairly dry month for the Great Lakes basin. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said that a few cold air outbreaks during the month led to increased evaporation.

Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie set new monthly records for February 2020.

“After months of generally wet conditions, February was finally drier across most of the Great Lakes.” said John Allis, chief of the Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office, Detroit District. “However levels remain above or near record highs for this time of year, and we expect impacts to those along the coastline to increase as water levels now begin rising towards their seasonal peaks.”.

Those impacted by high water levels in 2019 should prepare for similar or higher levels in 2020.