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High water levels will persist for months even if weather cooperates

Those who live near the shores of Lake Ontario and are hoping for fast relief from this year’s floodwaters are likely to be disappointed.

It probably will be months before the lake returns to normal levels — and even that’s not a sure thing.

The water in Lake Ontario has been at or above its previous record high since May 31. Even under the best-case scenario of little precipitation and plenty of warm sunshine to accelerate evaporation, experts estimate only a 7-inch decline in lake levels by the end of July.

That would still leave the lake more than 2 feet higher than its long-term average for that time of year. Projections say the lake could still be a foot above average in November.

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