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Record Lake Ontario outflows continue

As wet weather persists in the Great Lakes basin, the U.S.-Canadian agency that sets the rate of water flows out of Lake Ontario has decided to maintain the record flow levels it began in the second week of June.

The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board of Control continues to allow nearly 2.75 million gallons of water per second to flow into the St. Lawrence.

The record outflows were begun in response to complaints of flooding along the New York shore of the lake. The board said Friday it can't allow more water to leave the lake without risking more flooding in the Montreal area and endangering safe navigation in the St. Lawrence.

Lake levels are now 7.9 inches below their May 29 peak, but the amount of water entering Lake Ontario from rain, the Niagara River and other streams continues to exceed the outflows, the board reported.

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