A rising Lake Erie closes streets, ferry, leaves debris

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In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019 photo, Estral Beach Firefighters Courtney Millar, Eric Bruley, and Chase Baldwin kayak down Lakeshore Dr. in the south end of Estral Beach in Berlin Township, Mich., to see if anyone needs to be evacuated while also checking the floodwaters. Wind-driven water caused more flooding in southeastern Michigan along western […]

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — High water on Lake Erie has been flooding streets and houses in Ohio, and residents are bracing for more problems.

The water levels are expected to approach records this summer.

All the Great Lakes have been rising for several years and now are seeing an increase from winter’s melting snow and recent heavy rains.

Along Lake Erie, floodwaters closed several streets in Port Clinton last week.

Last month, flooding cut South Bass Island in half and temporarily closed ferries going to the island.

The high water is also increasing erosion and leaving logs and debris in shallow parts of western Lake Erie.

Officials say boaters will need to keep an eye out for floating dangers in the water.

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