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Rising waters threaten Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan communities

Severe erosion along some of Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan communities is threatening homes and causing bluffs to collapse.

The problem is especially bad in Mount Pleasant, where Racine County officials have issued an emergency declaration, but Caledonia and Port Washington also have reported problems with bluff erosion.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the combination of rain, wave action and at least a 4-foot jump in lake levels since early 2013 is eating away shoreline. Experts say rising water levels are expected to claim more shoreline up and down the coast.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Lake Michigan system is projected to rise another 2 inches by the end of June.

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