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Lake Ontario outflows are highest ever for August

The water level in Lake Ontario has fallen 10 inches in the past month, and the agency that controls the spigot said Friday it is continuing larger-than-normal flows into the St. Lawrence River in an effort to protect lakeshore property.

The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board said it has been allowing almost 2.62 million gallons of water to leave the lake every second, the largest outflow ever in the month of August. That flow was to be reduced by about 10,000 gallons per second as of midnight Friday.

The Army Corps of Engineers said despite the recent decrease, the lake remains 22 inches higher than the long-term mid-August average. Erosion and localized flooding have created emergency conditions on the New York shoreline for most of this year.

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