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.