Lakeside residents concerned about rising flood waters
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:52:39 GMT —
ising lakes levels have flooded some
Antrim County homes and residents are worried that things are only going to get worse.
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.
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.
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.
ll of the dams in the watershed have been completely open since the summer
when they first realized there was a problem.
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
water levels for the foreseeable future until the water is able to get out of the system
," Stone said.
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.
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.