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Lake Erie: 30 inches above normal

Posted at 10:37 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 22:37:03-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Lake Erie's water level is currently 30 inches higher than its May average. One area where it's most apparent is in the Dunkirk Harbor where water is above a few boat launch docks.

“In the summertime we rely on our fisherman and our boaters here," City of Dunkirk Mayor, Wilfred Rosas, said. “We want our fishmerman and our boaters to come down here and use our boat launch and that’s the reason we’re spending the kind of money that we are on it.”

Rosas said the city purchased more floating docks that will be installed in the harbor next week.

At the moment, Chautauqua County Executive, George Borrello, says the the effects the water level has had so far is minimal. He added that all of the beaches and boat launches in Chautauqua County will remain open unless mother nature has other plans. Still, Borrello warned the community that high water levels are no joke and to be extra careful heading into Memorial Day weekend.

“When you have currents that change with water depths going up- especially along the cliffs that we have along the Lake Erie shoreline, please be careful when you’re swimming," Borrello said.