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

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 947918

Reported Deaths: 15377
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1291181990
Lake635721103
Allen53899761
Hamilton44082449
St. Joseph42122590
Elkhart33803491
Vanderburgh30574449
Tippecanoe26915251
Johnson23727418
Hendricks22410342
Porter21832347
Clark17562231
Madison17492385
Vigo16302285
Monroe14545191
LaPorte14389239
Delaware14183222
Howard13971273
Kosciusko11498135
Hancock10935166
Warrick10737178
Bartholomew10635170
Floyd10514208
Wayne10077226
Grant9213204
Morgan8928160
Boone8463111
Dubois7791123
Dearborn769490
Henry7691133
Noble7466101
Marshall7409128
Cass7219118
Lawrence7026153
Shelby6647111
Jackson661386
Gibson6190107
Harrison609386
Huntington604495
Montgomery5853105
DeKalb581091
Knox5535104
Miami548888
Putnam543268
Clinton537465
Whitley529354
Steuben501768
Wabash488692
Jasper483861
Jefferson474492
Ripley457777
Adams446068
Daviess4231108
Scott409165
Clay394957
White393858
Greene393392
Wells389884
Decatur388797
Fayette378578
Posey362341
Jennings356056
Washington334747
LaGrange325175
Spencer321136
Fountain318455
Randolph317190
Sullivan309449
Owen287064
Starke282864
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Orange277859
Jay257038
Perry254152
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Pike211740
Blackford170534
Pulaski168551
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Newton145845
Benton143916
Brown135846
Martin130217
Switzerland126910
Warren115616
Union98511
Ohio80511
Unassigned0482

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1390015

Reported Deaths: 21820
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1541781574
Cuyahoga1361632341
Hamilton989691326
Montgomery681371161
Summit569981051
Lucas51769869
Butler48139663
Stark42350983
Lorain32165539
Warren30497338
Mahoning27564643
Clermont26081297
Lake24873422
Delaware22600147
Licking20818246
Fairfield20789223
Greene20667275
Trumbull20378516
Medina20178290
Clark18235332
Richland16749236
Portage16442231
Wood15973209
Allen14405261
Miami14063261
Muskingum12976155
Wayne12234244
Columbiana12046242
Tuscarawas11248271
Marion10935150
Pickaway10642129
Scioto10585127
Erie9888171
Ross9648177
Lawrence8967125
Hancock8637143
Ashtabula8509187
Geauga8272156
Belmont8262188
Jefferson7736175
Huron7566131
Union743951
Washington7396126
Athens712065
Sandusky6984135
Darke6884137
Knox6839122
Seneca6533137
Ashland6078115
Auglaize596888
Shelby5845104
Brown578272
Mercer565890
Crawford5591117
Defiance5579101
Madison552171
Highland550982
Fulton543583
Clinton535781
Logan520587
Preble5123111
Putnam4909107
Guernsey487664
Williams469982
Perry464454
Champaign454964
Ottawa443584
Jackson436663
Pike400745
Morrow398251
Coshocton393669
Fayette385053
Adams371575
Hardin367570
Gallia356658
Holmes3326111
Henry331869
Van Wert321471
Hocking312370
Wyandot286058
Carroll267052
Paulding247443
Meigs223042
Monroe193149
Noble174442
Morgan170329
Harrison161741
Vinton141919
Unassigned05
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