Gov. Walker requests assistance from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Mount Pleasant bluff erosion
MADISON — Governor Scott Walker has issued a letter on Friday, June 10th requesting assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Director of Civil Works to help control the severe bluff erosion along the shoreline of Lake Michigan in the Village of Mount Pleasant.
A bluff erosion survey took place Tuesday, May 31st. Village officials say about a dozen homes are at risk of falling into the lake due to severe erosion.
Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave on May 26th issued a “declaration of emergency” in Racine County due to severe bluff erosion happening along Lake Michigan in Caledonia and Mount Pleasant.
“The erosion of shoreline is threatening residential housing and the village’s infrastructure,” Governor Walker said. “The state is doing everything it can to assist homeowners and local governments. We are asking the U.S. Army Corps for assistance, and we appreciate their attention to this serious issue.”
According to a press released issued by Governor walker, two village roads, including utilities within the roads, are immediately threatened by bluff failure. Current erosion rates will soon threaten a nearby public street paralleling the affected area.
The State of Wisconsin has been working closely with the Village of Mount Pleasant and Racine County officials on the issue.