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.
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.