Officials survey lakefront erosion in Mount Pleasant: “I’ve seen it over the years; never to this extent”

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MOUNT PLEASANT -- Homes along Lake Michigan in Mount Pleasant are losing ground faster than anyone has ever seen. Lakefront erosion has threatened several homes, and officials with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources were out at the scene, surveying the situation.

"I have seen erosion over the years -- but never to this extent," Jerry Garski, Mount Pleasant Village Board president said.

Mount Pleasant erosion

Mount Pleasant erosion

High lake levels have resulted in the water eating away at the bank -- threatening a dozen lakeside homes.

"From January until now. It's been devastating for these homeowners," Garski said.

One house had to be torn down.

On Wednesday, May 18th, Garski gave the Army Corps of Engineers a tour of the eroding lakefront.

Mount Pleasant erosion

Mount Pleasant erosion

"The erosion is significant. I'm surprised this is the first we heard of it," Robert Stanick, chief of operations and maintenance with the Army Corps of Engineers Lake Michigan area office said.

Stanick wasn't alone.

"We brought down some of our construction folks as well. Because one of the things we look at is constructability of a repair," Stanick said.

Mount Pleasant erosion

Mount Pleasant erosion

Stanick said Wednesday it was just too early to know whether a large-scale repair is realistic.

Much of the land at risk is privately owned, and therefore, homeowners may not automatically qualify for any government assistance to replace the lost ground.

"I may have to say I have to talk to the governor and see if he can declare this a state of emergency to see if we can get some federal funding that way," Garski said.

Mount Pleasant erosion

Mount Pleasant erosion

6 comments

  • notahypocrite

    Why does everyone look at the government to solve their problems. Water erodes land it;s been going on for millions of years but when you build a house right next to a lake now someone elsle has to pay for it.

    • Scott

      Ahh! these homes have been here since the 40’s and 50’s. Home owners have been trying to fix the issue over decades but every time they tried the DNR would threaten fines to the home owners. Next time you decide to spout off maybe you should investigate a little more.

      • Joe

        It doesn’t matter how long they have been there. And no they haven’t been trying to fix the issue “over decades”. They have been trying to get the State and Feds to fix and pay for it. Hope their insurance covers acts of God.

  • dighard

    Why do we all have to pay.
    I don’t live there???
    Can I get funding for weed control sense I live mext to a field???

  • Dennis E. Trojan

    The people involved chose to live on the lakefront,it’s the homeowners responsibility to take care of their own problems,don’t be asking other people for help!! Fix it yourself!!!!!

  • NorellWE

    It is caused by Post Glacial Rebound. The northern part of the country is still rebounding from the weight of the ice from the ice age. Natgo talked about this and said that around Lake Superior the earth is raising 1 inch per year. Check it out. This is part of Global Warming, We have been warming since the Ice age ended 10 – 12 thousand years, no fault of man. .

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