Points North, Ep. 33: Shoreline erosion in Michigan puts businesses and homes at risk
This week on Points North, how rising water levels and shoreline erosion are threatening homeowners on the coast of Lake Michigan.
Plus, how businesses in Fishtown are already falling into the water.
Lake Michigan homeowners wait in 'quiet terror' as high water levels eat away property
As Lake Michigan water levels remain at a near record high, more and more shoreline is being eaten away everyday. Property owners are panicking while large trees slide down steep banks into the water and wooden staircases are torn out.
As the fall storm season approaches, some worry their homes will be next.
Fishtown's shanties to be saved from high water, moved for foundation work
As homeowners on Lake Michigan’s shoreline worry about high water levels, Fishtown in Leland continues to struggle. Some buildings, called shanties, are at risk of being washed away this winter.
Now, the Fishtown Preservation Society is rushing to physically move the shanties from their original location to rebuild their rotted foundations.
For properties dealing with erosion, insurance doesn't cover much
The rapid rate of erosion is threatening properties along Lake Michigan, homeowners don't have many protections against it.
But the Association of State Floodplain Managers Alan Lulloff says, in some cases, flood insurance can cover erosion damage that occurs during a storm.