Residents in Caledonia, Mount Pleasant and the City of Racine who are in danger of their homes crumbling into Lake Michigan are invited to a meeting Tuesday where experts can answer their questions and direct them to resources.
Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave Thursday announced the meeting in a written statement after more than a dozen homes in Mount Pleasant and several more in Caledonia were identified as being in danger of tumbling into the lake because of severe bluff erosion.
“This is a very serious problem,” Delagrave said in the statement. “I want those affected by this problem to be aware of all the options and having these subject matter experts gathered in one room is a step in that direction.”
Mount Pleasant Village President Jerry Garski agreed.
“We have to get these people some answers and some assistance if we can,” he said.
Higher-than-usual levels in Lake Michigan, strong waves and unstable bluffs are the culprits, and most homeowners don’t have the means to bring in a crane to position rip rap – large concrete blocks that help break waves before they reach shore – at the bottom of the bluffs.
Mount Pleasant resident Andrew Hartnell did bring in a crane and rip rap, though, in an effort to ward off the lake, but how long the rip rap will hold is concerning, Garski said.
“That’s a band-aid for a very serious issue for these people, and most of them don’t have the money,” he added. “We’re going to have to get it from somewhere.”
Experts are expected to address:
- What bluff erosion means and options available to residents
- Talk about state and federal programs for coastal management and bluff erosion mitigation
- Advise homeowners on how to find a consultant and what questions to ask if they choose to try and find a solution on their own
The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive. Call (262) 664-7800.