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Water levels high on the Great Lakes

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Melted ice and snow left behind the highest water levels on the Great Lakes in years.

That makes a big difference for businesses that rely on the water.

At the Port of Milwaukee, levels are up a foot from this time last year.

That means freighters can ship more cargo and when there's a bigger supply, it likely means cheaper prices at the store.

"An inch of draft can often mean 500 tons of cargo depending on the size of the ship," says Larry Sullivan.

The high water is also good for marinas, which won't have to clean out the beds of harbors as much.

There is a down side, less room for dry sand on beaches.

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