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Flooding from 'seiche' damages property near lakeshore in Manistee

A report from the Manistee Public Works Department said the surge caused a seiche.

MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Damages are beginning to be assessed after a strong storm surge caused the channel in Manistee to flood.

A report from the Manistee Public Works Department said the surge caused a seiche.

A seiche is a weather phenomenon caused by extreme high or low weather systems. A seiche causes very sudden, extreme changes in water levels.

The Director of Public Works says it happened shortly after noon. He said water levels changed by nearly 10 feet rising and lowering several feet within a matter of minutes, continuing throughout the day.

The seiche left significant damage to the Manistee Marina with water covering the docks some even forced up and down the river. As of Friday evening, the water continued to rise and fall several feet in a matter of minutes.

Crews continue to monitor the levels and begin to assess the damages. Right now they are not able to put a number on what the financial costs could be.

“Right now were waiting for the water to balance itself off in the lake but there could be another system that comes and causes a similar situation,” public works director, Jeff Mikula said.

Manistee police have closed some areas near the channel off.

“The river walk, 1st Street boat launch, 5th Avenue boat launch, Arthur Street boat launch there is going to be tape there is going to barricades we just need the public to understand this is for their safety,” said Manistee Police Chief Tim Kozal.


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