Great Lakes
Sherry Davidson and her partner Lou Radomsky spent about $50,000 to bolster the shoreline in front of their Wasaga Beach home to protect it from high water and severe storm events. - Sherry Davidson photo

Canada - ‘It’s stronger than the Atlantic Ocean’: Georgian Bay residents face impact of higher water, more severe storms

When the winds begin to blow out of the northwest, Sherry Davidson looks across Georgian Bay with dread.

Davidson and her partner own a shoreline property in Wasaga Beach’s west end. For the last two years, they’ve watched as the water has gotten higher and the storms more intense.

“There’s no question for those of us who live on the water that we’re not experiencing definite climate change,” she said. “When the already high water starts to storm, the already-high water rises another seven feet. When it crashes on you, it’s stronger than the Atlantic Ocean, and there’s no reprieve from it. It can last two days, it can last three days.”

Lakes Michigan and Huron set another monthly high in May, reaching an average height for the month of 177.38 metres, 10 centimetres higher than the mark set for the same month in 1986.

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