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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.


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


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      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.


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      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.


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      onday

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


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      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.


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

      ,

      when they first realized there was a problem.


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


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      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.


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


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

      ," Stone said.


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      nd while the levels continue to rise

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      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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