Lake Ontario sky-high despite outflow hike

Outflow from swollen Lake Ontario has increased 43 percent in the last eight days — a bit of good news for shoreline residents who are continuing to deal with record-high water levels.

Hundreds of homes and businesses along the shoreline have suffered some degree of damage from flood waters over the last two months. The lake is higher now than at any time since record-keeping began in 1918, and has continued to rise slowly in recent days.

Extremely heavy rainfall throughout the Lake Ontario basin has gotten most of the blame; since March 1, Rochester has measured about 13 inches of rain, double the normal amount for that time period.

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