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Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today/WXXI News

Despite reduced outflows, water levels on Lake Ontario continue to decline. 

A report Friday from the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board says Lake Ontario sits at 247.67 feet.  

For context, that’s about a foot lower than this time last month, and nearly a foot and a half lower than its peak this season.

This week, the board decreased the outflows at the Moses-Saunders Power Dam, but a spokesperson says they expect to continue to see the water decrease gradually as we move into the fall.

Veronica Volk / WXXI News

People who live along the south shore of Lake Ontario are still contending with flooding threats, particularly when the wind comes from a northerly direction, but experts say there may be some hopeful signs as we head into the summer.

As of Monday, the Lake Ontario level was at 249.02 feet, exceeding the record of 248.95 feet that was set in 2017.

The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board says that the water will likely rise gradually over the next several days, but is expected to reach this year’s peak within one to three weeks.