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Monday, July 8, 2019

Rising Water Levels Leaving Mark on Local Businesses

Grey and Bruce | by Cody Misner  

Environment Canada says the water will break previous records set in the 1980's.

Water levels are climbing to record breaking heights and some local businesses report negative implications of high water levels.

In June, Environment Canada reported Lake Michigan-Huron rose 18 centimetres in the month of May, over double the average 8 centimetres. The Lakes Datum  in June,1985 put the lake at 177.34, very close to the 1986 record height. 

If water levels continue to rise at this rate then Environment Canada says the water will break previous records set in the 1980's.

One business feeling the impact is the Sauble River Marina and Lodge Resort. Charlene Reinhart has been the owner since 2000, and says this is the highest she's seen the water in years.

"Our free floating docks are designed to move more which is good but the boardwalk along the front here goes from no water to about 6 inches, in the matter of minutes it goes up and down like a yo-yo," says Reinhart.

She says they also had to add an additional layer to their fixed docks because the constant up and down of the water level makes safe water access tricky.

The problems these high water levels pose have been reported by various businesses throughout the area.  Business owners often report that the renovations to fix the flooding issues would cost thousands of dollars.

However, according to Environment Canada it is also common for water levels to rise in the July before dropping in the fall months.

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