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Shoreline Condition Statement - Lake Superior Flood Watch
Posted: Sep 08, 2020

Shoreline Conditions Statement – Lake Superior Flood Watch

Issued September 8, 2020@ 04:30 pm


The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (SSMRCA) is advising that Lake Superior water levels remain well above normal. There are observations, reports, and expectations of shoreline erosion or flooding currently.

Water levels of Lake Superior remain near or above record highs. Water levels are expected to remain high over at least the next few months and further record-highs are possible if wet patterns develops.

Currently, lake Superior water level is approximately 183.8 m IGLD85. Lake Superior remained stable last month, as it normally does in August (1918-2019). The level is currently 26 cm above average (1918-2019). For additional reference, the SSMRCA shoreline flooding hazard level used for planning and development review is 184.2 m.

SSMRCA advises all shoreline property owners to prepare for potentially severe coastal impacts such as significant erosion, lakeshore flooding, coastal damages, beach submersion, crawl space and septic system inundation especially during periods of strong winds and storm surge.

SSMRCA staff continue to monitor Lake Superior wind conditions and lake levels closely.

This statement is in effect until (or updated before) October 13, 2020.

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For further information:

Anjum Amin, P.Eng.
705-946-8530 ext.# 1003