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Lake Superior hits highest water mark since 1990s

Spring measurements show Lake Superior is high for this time of year, reaching its highest water mark since the late 1990's.
Lake Superior is at its highest water level since the late 1990s. As of Victoria Day, the lake was measured at 183.5 metres. (Joshua Lynn/CBC News)

Spring measurements show Lake Superior is high for this time of year, reaching its highest water mark since the late 1990s.

On Monday, Victoria Day, the lake level was measured to be 183.5 metres, 15 centimetres above the historic average for this time of year.

Jacob Bruxer, a Canadian representative on the International Lake Superior Board of Control, said water levels could continue to go up.

"A very significant rise so far this month and we're not even finished yet. It's actually risen more so far this month, Lake Superior has, than it does typically on average throughout the month of May."

Bruxer said lake levels typically rise in May because of rainfall and runoff but the lake is already higher than at any point last year.

Although he expects lake levels to keep going up, he said he doesn't think any records will be broken this year.


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