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Lakeside residents concerned about rising flood waters

R ising lakes levels have flooded some Antrim County homes and residents are worried that things are only going to get worse.


R

ising lakes levels have flooded some
Antrim County homes and residents are worried that things are only going to get worse.


M

ore than a dozen northern
Michigan lakes are experiencing record high water levels and now county governments are urging homeowners to protect any property near the water.


S

ince the spring

,

lake levels have been rising and were put over the edge after
Sunday's storms. Thirteen lakes within the Antrim Chain of Lakes Watershed are experiencing issues.


M

onday

,



A

ntrim
County officials sent out an alert to hundreds of lakeside residents telling them to secure their property near the water.


"

We are asking people just to take a look at their individual situations and take what ever precautionary measures they can

," Mark Stone, Antrim County Drain Commissioner said.


A

ll of the dams in the watershed have been completely open since the summer

,

when they first realized there was a problem.


T

he
Elk Rapids Dam is the only place where the water can be flushed out into Lake Michigan.


"

As a result we are going to see continued hi

gh

water levels for the foreseeable future until the water is able to get out of the system

," Stone said.


C

ounty officials say they have exhausted their resources to get the water levels down and now all they can do is wait.


"

Unfortunately we are really at the mercy of mother nature right now

," Stone said.


A

nd while the levels continue to rise

,

residents can only hope their homes aren't affected.


"

It's really a problem
up here right now and I am really worried about what's going to happen with a lot of our neighbors and I hope we can save our dock," Donna Goggin-Dolwick, Ellsworth resident said.

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