Mount Pleasant Village President Jerry Garski Tuesday will hold a press conference about potential assistance available for residents affected by bluff erosion.

The press conference will begin at 11 a.m. at the dead end of Bryn Mawr Avenue in the Lake Park neighborhood. If the weather is bad, the event will be moved to Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive.

Higher-than-usual levels in Lake Michigan, strong waves and unstable bluffs are the culprits of accelerated bluff erosion primarily affecting residents who live in Lake Park.

Garski is expected to tell home owners how they can obtain chunks of concrete blocks, most likely from the Zoo Interchange project in Milwaukee County.

The blocks – also referred to as rip rap – can help break waves at the bottom on the bluffs before they reach shore.

Gov. Scott Walker last month requested federal assistance for affected property owners and urged state agencies to work with residents to get the necessary permits and paperwork for rip rap installation processed quickly.

The press conference will also feature Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave and representatives from the state Department of Natural Resources.

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