Dry weather in this week’s forecast may help to lower the extreme water levels seen throughout northwestern Ontario.

In their latest update, the Lake of the Woods Control Board says water levels on the Winnipeg River appear to have peaked at Boundary Falls near the Manitoba border and are beginning to decline.

The board is hoping that trend continues over the coming week with drier weather in the forecast.

If it does, the board says a peak in Lake of the Woods inflows may be reached by mid-June, followed by a gradual drop which is still likely to take ‘many weeks’ and could be delayed with wet weather.

Despite the improving conditions in the region, levels on Lake of the Woods still rose by 4” last week and we’re still above the 2014 peak of 323.78 metres, at 323.97 m. We’re below our record peak of 324.31 m set in July of 1950, and since dams are fully opened, no additional actions can be taken.

Levels on Lake of the Woods are expected to rise by another 2 to 3” this week, with outflows on the Winnipeg River between Kenora and Minaki expected to rise by 1” or so as well.

Elsewhere in the region, levels of the English River at Grassy Narrows appear to have peaked and are beginning to decline, which is expected to continue over the coming week.

Meanwhile, inflows into Lac Seul remain high resulting in a 5” rise this week, with another 2 to 3” expected this week. Levels on the English River downstream of Lac Seul are expected to remain steady or begin declining as well.

The LWCB says across their catchment area, April and May have been the wettest months on record, causing the flooding situation seen in NWO. Over April and May, 272 mm of precipitation fell, well above the area’s 120-year average of 122 mm.