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Lakes Michigan, Huron water levels continue to rise

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Water levels continue to rise on Wisconsin's two Great Lakes.

The International Lake Superior Board of Control said the monthly water level on that lake is the highest since 1997 -- and Lake Michigan had its highest level for August since 1998.

Lake Superior rose 0.4 inches last month. It's now 6 inches above the average for September 1st, and 8 inches higher than this time last year.

Lakes Michigan and Huron each rose two inches in August, at a time when those levels normally go down a bit. Those lakes are 17 inches above what they were last September first, but still an inch below their norms.

Officials credit more rain and less evaporation for the rising water levels. The trend has continued for over a year -- much to the delight of shippers and recreational boaters who've battled low waters for about the last decade.

A seasonal decline on Lake Superior is expected to begin this month, and continue through March.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)