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Waukegan Airport offers Aide for Bluff Erosion

Help may be on the way for Racine County residents whose homes are threatened by rising lake levels and erosion.  

The Village of Mount Pleasant is teaming up with the Waukesha airport to give homeowners a possible solution to this worsening problem.

Homeowners who attended the brief press conference held here this morning were happy to hear there is new hope to save their homes.

The damage to the properties here along Lake Michigan keeps getting worse.

Houses are in danger of being evacuated.

On Tuesday, new partnership was announced between Mount Pleasant and Waukegan Airport.

The airport is replacing runways there.

Homeowners will be able to use that heavy duty material from the old runways along the lake here in Mount Pleasant.

This is a temporary solution that the village calls a great start to fixing this problem.

The concrete will go at the toe of the bank right where the water hits in order to break the wave action so the bank doesn't erode more.

"This is an example of what I feel is two communities identifying a problem, not just talking about it. Working together for a temporary solution, and stop this massive erosion that's happening on our shoreline. Our lakeshore area here and then parts of Caledonia,” said Jonathan Delagrave, Racine County Executive.

The concrete is being donated by the airport which will significantly lessen the cost for homeowners.

It is expected to be available on July 28th.

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