High water wreaks havoc on Great Lakes, close Lincoln Township Beach

(Photo/Kim Closson)

High water levels are wreaking havoc in the Great Lakes.

The five inland seas are bursting at the seams during the region’s wettest period in more than a century. And no relief is in sight.

Forecasters expect the lakes to remain high well into 2020. Homes and businesses are flooding, roads and sidewalks are crumbling and beaches are washing away.

Homeowners and agencies are extending battered seawalls, constructing berms and piling stones and sandbags.

Some are elevating houses or moving them farther inland.

Less than a decade ago, the Great Lakes had the opposite problem: levels were at record lows.

The high water levels have claimed another local beach. Lincoln Township Beach in Berrien County has been closed indefinitely.

Park officials say erosion has cut off 50 to 60 feet of this shoreline.

The parking lot, boardwalk and beach area are all gone. So, the beach is closing until further notice, due to safety concerns, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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