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Weather Blog: Growing concern of erosion along Great Lakes

Record-high water levels are being recorded across the Great Lakes. Beach erosion and flooding are a growing concern.

Posted: Apr 15, 2020 4:28 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2020 1:55 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Winter around the Midwest usually consists of snow, wind and frigid temperatures.

This year, that hasn’t been the case, with the exception of wind.

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The mild winter has resulted in very little ice on the Great Lakes. 

The lake ice protects the beaches from strong winds that creates high waves on the lake, which in turn creates beach erosion.

Unfortunately, there’s a growing concern surrounding erosion as record-high water levels are being recorded across the Great Lakes.

Seawalls are failing, entire homes are being washed away, and parking lots are becoming part of Lake Michigan.

The Associated Press reports, a portion of a popular paved trail that runs from Charlevoix, Michigan and ends in Harbor Springs, Michigan fell into Lake Michigan Monday. 

Further down the shoreline, the town of Beverly Shores, Indiana has spent over 3-hundred thousand dollars on sandbags, which have washed away, reports AP.

According to the Indianapolis Star, “Residents of Indiana communities that surround Lake Michigan’s southern shoreline are seeing their beaches and infrastructure erode away.”

For instance, the Indiana Dunes, which consists of over 2-thousand acres of historical landscaping, is being threatened by erosion.

Access to Indiana’s beaches have been restricted since late March and roadways to homes have closed due to the road potentially crumbling from Beverly Shores to the Indiana Dunes.

Erosion isn’t a new concept to those living around Lake Michigan.

The concern is the severity of the erosion and the fast progression of it.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District office released a new update on the lake levels.

All of the lakes set new monthly mean water level records for March 2020 that were originally set in 1986.

The lakes are now in their period of seasonal rise and will continue to rise toward their peaks, which is projected to occur late spring or summer.

The Army Corps of Engineers forecast water levels could peak near or higher than last year’s record levels and remain that way through at least September 2020.

The grim projection means, there’s no end in sight for erosion and flooding.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 752108

Reported Deaths: 13816
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1033831790
Lake558431013
Allen41736693
St. Joseph37007565
Hamilton36617417
Elkhart29425461
Tippecanoe22938228
Vanderburgh22565400
Porter19369327
Johnson18486389
Hendricks17696317
Clark13233195
Madison13176344
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Monroe12226176
Delaware10970198
Howard10349224
Kosciusko9643121
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Bartholomew8174157
Warrick7864156
Floyd7815180
Grant7248179
Wayne7164201
Boone6979103
Morgan6768141
Dubois6224118
Marshall6214116
Cass6024110
Henry5903110
Dearborn589878
Noble581688
Jackson509476
Shelby502396
Lawrence4753122
Gibson445595
Clinton443555
Harrison441775
DeKalb440385
Montgomery439890
Whitley406744
Huntington403381
Steuben400859
Miami395769
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Knox377691
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Jefferson336186
White332753
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Greene286885
Fayette284864
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Scott270356
Clay267148
Washington246336
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Cases: 1109697

Reported Deaths: 20213
CountyCasesDeaths
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Cuyahoga1158802216
Hamilton814201251
Montgomery525861049
Summit484551006
Lucas43384824
Butler39098606
Stark33355930
Lorain25689506
Warren24612305
Mahoning22388602
Lake21219389
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Delaware18892136
Licking16671225
Fairfield16589204
Trumbull16560483
Medina15618273
Greene15292248
Clark14244306
Wood13296200
Portage13254216
Allen11919239
Richland11611211
Miami10857225
Wayne9153225
Columbiana9039230
Muskingum8909135
Pickaway8664122
Tuscarawas8654251
Marion8649139
Erie8058165
Ashtabula7171179
Hancock6999133
Ross6948163
Geauga6850151
Scioto6540106
Belmont6159174
Union585049
Lawrence5741102
Jefferson5683159
Huron5554122
Sandusky5444126
Darke5420129
Seneca5350128
Washington5321109
Athens524460
Auglaize502487
Mercer487785
Shelby477095
Knox4573112
Madison444566
Ashland435997
Putnam4336104
Defiance432399
Fulton432274
Crawford4046110
Brown402761
Logan387678
Preble3859105
Clinton379266
Ottawa373581
Highland360266
Williams348578
Champaign344959
Guernsey325254
Jackson318454
Perry297350
Morrow291940
Fayette285750
Hardin275765
Henry273867
Holmes2703101
Coshocton269360
Van Wert247264
Adams243156
Pike242835
Gallia240850
Wyandot234756
Hocking220663
Carroll197548
Paulding176642
Meigs148540
Monroe136345
Noble136239
Harrison114138
Morgan110124
Vinton85717
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