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Great Lakes water levels surge, some record highs predicted

By JOHN FLESHER
AP Environmental Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials predict water levels will surge to record highs in some parts of the Great Lakes in the next six months.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report released on Monday says the lakes have been rising steadily for several years and are getting an extra boost as melting snow mingles with recent heavy rainfall.

The Corps’ Detroit district office says levels on Lake Superior and Lake Erie are expected to break records set decades ago.

Record levels, meanwhile, are not predicted for Lakes Michigan, Huron and Ontario, but those lakes are still expected to rise significantly.

The Corps hydrologist Keith Kompoltowicz says coastal flooding and shoreline erosion will pose threats, especially during heavy storms.

It’s a remarkable turnaround from early this decade, when lake levels were slumping and some hit record lows.

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