Why is Lake Ontario’s water level so high (and doing damage), when it can be controlled?

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People are losing their homes and businesses and it seems like it should be avoidable.

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Case of the few verses the many, better a few hundred lose their property than the tens of thousands already on the verge of going under from the recent flooding downstream. Sorta like flooding a town by opening the floodgates to save a dam that would wash out a city downstream if breached.