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Lake Ontario water levels fall as record outflows continue

The U.S.-Canadian agency that controls flows of water out of Lake Ontario decided this week to continue the highest outflows ever.

For the second consecutive week, the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board allowed nearly 2.75 million gallons per second to flow out of the lake and into the St. Lawrence. The water level in the lake has fallen 4.3 inches since peaking on May 29, although it remains 28 inches above its long-term average for this time of year.

In Montreal, water levels have fallen almost 6 inches since June 12, but the figure remains 32 inches above the seasonal norm.

The lake's high water level led to flooding and erosion along the New York State shoreline and in the Montreal area.

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