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Crews begin to assess damages left by 'seiche'

Crews with the Department of public works and engineers were out taking a look at the extent of the damage, although they say it’s been difficult to do so with the continued ice and snow.

MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Crews with the City of Manistee continue to assess damages left by a weather phenomenon called a seiche.

Officials say it happened during Friday’s storm; it’s caused by extreme high or low pressure which causes sudden changes in water levels.

On Monday, onlookers could still see the damages to some of the docks and the city marina.

Crews with the Department of Public Works and engineers were out taking a look at the extent of the damage, although they say it’s been difficult to do so with the continued ice and snow.

Right now crews with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) are looking if there were any damages to the US-31 and 1st Street bridges.

“Certainly our job is to protect and serve the public so we’re not going to open anything up until we are absolutely confident that there is no danger to the public,” said Jeff Mikula, the director of the Manistee Department of Public Works. “The seiche event has subsided, [the water] was still bouncing friday evening but not in unsafe conditions, so we so right now we’re just checking the structure of all the facilities the electrical components everything that could be of danger.”

The financial cost of the damges right now is unknown.

The river walk and the city marina remain closed.


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