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Homeowners along the bluffs of Lake Michigan in both Caledonia and Mount Pleasant could get state and federal relief dollars now that Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave has declared a state of emergency in both villages.

The declaration comes after a dozen homes in Mount Pleasant and several more in Caledonia were determined to be under immediate threat, a story in The Journal Times reads.

Causes for the erosion include higher-than-usual levels in Lake Michigan, strong waves and unstable bluffs, the statement from Delagrave’s office reads.

Homes are not the only things in danger; the erosion could also impact public utilities and roads. The Lake Park neighborhood in Mount Pleasant has several streets that end within a few feet of the edge of bluffs.

“We are concerned the homes as well as public utilities and infrastructure will fall victim to Lake Michigan in coming days and weeks, “ Delagrave said in the release. “County staff are monitoring the situation closely, and we are prepared to do everything we can to support local municipal efforts.”

At least one Mount Pleasant home has been removed from its lot, the newspaper story continues, and the villages have asked for help from the Army Corps of Engineers.

The state of emergency opens Racine County up to state and federal assistance if necessary and gives the county executive the authority to close roads and evacuate residents.

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