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Officials: Lake Michigan water levels receded

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[July 03, 2008]  CHICAGO (AP) -- After warning of a possible big wave, or seiche (SAYSH), Park District officials say water levels on Lake Michigan appeared to have swelled about a foot before receding.

Officials warned waders, swimmers and fishermen to stay away from the lakefront Wednesday night as a precaution.

The National Weather Service says a storm front crossed over the lake Wednesday afternoon, causing a 2-foot drop of water levels on the east side of the lake. It warned that as a result, a 2-foot rise on the west side was possible.

Seiches occur when strong, sustained winds cause large amounts of water to move from one part of a lake to another, like water sloshing around in a bathtub.

The weather service says water fluctuations and dangerous rip currents are still possible.

[Associated Press]

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