Outflows of water from Lake Ontario are being kept at their current levels by the International Joint Commission, which said it is “doing everything possible” to help ease flooding.
There has been significant flooding since early spring along the Lake Ontario shoreline.
In a statement published Monday morning, the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board said it met on June 21 to discuss efforts to mitigate flooding. Testimony about current conditions along the lakeshore was heard ahead of the decision from shoreline owners, hydropower, municipal and industrial water uses, recreational and commercial navigation, and other organizations.
The board decided to maintain the outflow level of 10,400 cubic meters per second being released. They said the heavy rains last week have pushed water flow from the Ottawa River into the lower St. Lawrence River. As a result, water levels on Lake St. Louis – a small lake in Quebec approximately 50 miles northeast of the U.S.-Canada border – have risen to less than three inches below record flooding levels.