Rising water levels create sense of déjà vu for property owners

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

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In a scene reminiscent of fall 2013, when very high amounts of rain created widespread flooding and threatened property and low-lying homes throughout Antrim County's upper Chain Of Lakes, homeowners once again found themselves fighting water last week after more than seven inches of rain fell in less than a week.

ELLSWORTH – Last week's weather, when several days of hard rains dumped more than five inches of water into the Chain Of Lakes in a very short period of time, brought a sense of "déjà vu" to upper riparian property owners, who watched helplessly as they did in November 2013, when a record amount of precipitation created widespread flooding in lower areas along shorelines.

And once again, as beaches and front yards disappeared, crawl spaces were pumped, stored marine items were pulled to higher ground and water crept steadily closer to shoreline homes, Mark Stone's phone began to ring. 

But, like the fall of 2013, Antrim County's Drain Commissioner and Operator of Dams had no quick solutions for concerned riparian home owners. 

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