WHITE RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A small house along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Michigan fell down a sandy bluff in an area plagued by erosion.
Muskegon County officials had been monitoring the condition of the house White River Township before it toppled over about 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to WOOD-TV.
One neighbor, Bob Lloyd, had also been checking on the house, which he said has been unsafe for a while.
“It was raised off the back of the foundation three inches and I knew it was imminent it was going over,” Lloyd told WZZM-TV. “I heard this sound … and I looked and could just see the house going.”
The owner was at another property when the house fell. She wanted neighbors to pitch in for the cost of a shoreline rock wall to slow erosion but ran out of time, according to WZZM-TV.
White River Township is about 50 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.
Rising Great Lakes levels and storms over Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior have caused beach erosion, flooding and damage to seawalls and roads.
A storm in October battered the Lake Michigan shoreline near Spring Lake, Michigan, sweeping away as much as 20 feet of dunes in some places.
Michigan environmental regulators said in October they would expedite permits for homeowners seeking to place rocks or build seawalls to prevent erosion.
The National Park Service has said it will work with Beverly Shores in northwestern Indiana to install sand traps along the Lake Michigan shoreline to combat beach erosion at the Indiana Dunes National Park.