Lake Michigan property owners battling high water levels in face of COVID-19

Linda Gallagher

EASTPORT — With Lake Michigan water levels expected to exceed already broken high water records in the next few months, homeowners on the eastern shore of Grand Traverse Bay in Antrim County are increasingly concerned about shoreline erosion damage and the danger to their homes.

"Many years ago, before we bought our home on the bay in 1994, the water was at a near record high," said Eastport area riparian property owner Bruce Laidlaw. "There was a house near the cottage we rented at the edge of a high bluff that went over the edge. You can still see part of the house's septic field sticking out of the cliff."

The water is even higher now, and recent winter storms have caused jaw-dropping erosion damage to shorelines all up and down the bay, putting a number of homes closer and closer to the edge of oblivion.

One of those homes belongs to Greg Kirby, also of Eastport. But fortunately, Kirby was recently able to get some help that may have saved his home.



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