CLEVELAND, Ohio — Lake Erie’s water levels are the highest they’ve been since 1998, and will remain 4 to 9 inches above normal through November. The latest reading measured just 7.32 inches below the all-time record high set in 1986. Within the next week, the level could increase to just 6 inches below that record.The high water is due to the recent heavy rain and months of snow melt surging into the lake. In May, Lake Erie received 150 percent of its typical rainfall, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Some locals have complained about the rising tides along beaches and piers, but no physical damage has been reported along the Erie coastline.The rest of the Great Lakes are also higher than normal.
Lake Erie inches away from hitting record-high water level