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Lake Ontario outflows to be increased 'as much as possible' after April 1

The board that controls outflows from Lake Ontario said Wednesday that after April 1, it will increase those flows "as quickly and as much as possible above the Plan 2014 usual safe navigation limit."

In hopes of preventing flooding along the lake, the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board said it's already allowing more water out of the lake than the controversial Plan 2014 envisioned for times when the lake is less than 247.05 feet above sea level.

Thursday morning's reading at Olcott was 246.86 feet. That's up about 2 inches in the past month.

The board warned that its policies may create some minor flooding in low-lying areas near Montreal, but it's trying to get as much water as possible out of Lake Ontario before snowmelt swells the Ottawa River, which flows into the St. Lawrence near Montreal. When the river starts rising, the board intends to reduce lake outflows.

Wednesday's outflow topped 2.57 million gallons per second, and the outflow has been increased three times since Saturday.

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