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Few answers for lakeshore homeowners facing bluff erosion (UPDATE)

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — There were a lot of questions from homeowners who live on Lake Michigan and are watching rising waters eat away at their property. But, there were few answers from federal, state and local officials who met with the property owners in Mount Pleasant on Tuesday evening.

Some homeowners are at risk of losing their houses because of severe bluff erosion. Erosion is particularly bad in Mount Pleasant, but Port Washington and Caledonia have also reported problems with bluff erosion.

The combination of rain, waves and a significant rise in the water level in recent years is causing the shoreline to deteriorate. Experts say rising water levels are expected to claim more shoreline up and down the shores of Lake Michigan.

WTMJ-TV reports property owners attending the meeting wanted to know how the government could help shore up their homes. Racine County public works director Julie Anderson told residents there’s no money in the budget to fix the eroding shoreline.

“Nobody can stand here tonight and say we’ll do tax reductions, we’ll do tax rebates, we’ll hand out checks because folks that money just is not there right now,” Anderson said.

Mount Pleasant Village President Gerald Garski warned that without a solution, public utilities could fail. Roads will have to be shut down and homes will have to be evacuated if that happens.

“I do not want to have to see anybody leave their house,” Garski said.

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