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Floodwaters threaten Pleasant Prairie homes after winter storm, high winds

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE (CBS 58) -- People who live along Lakeshore Drive are still dealing with the aftermath of Saturday's storm. Some of them were left cleaning up water in their basements and garages.

"I've never seen Lake Michigan like that before, and I've lived near the lake pretty much most of my life," said Marti Kingwill, who lives a few blocks away from the water.

A combination of wind, waves and several inches of snow brought quite a sight to Carol Beach. 

"It's just incredible what this lake can do," Kingwill said. "Somebody had said, 'Well, if you live by the lake, you gotta live on the lake on the lake's terms,' so that's exactly what we're doing."

Crews from V Tech Services LLC, a Union Grove-based excavation and demolition company, worked overnight Sunday to build a concrete levy around a home on Lakeshore Drive.

"We're going to save that house," said John Vassh Jr. from V Tech Services LLC.

Several blocks of homes were threatened by floodwaters. It brought visitors like Craig Hook up from Illinois to Pleasant Prairie to see the damage.

"They're trying to shore up the beach area to keep from (more) erosion, but you can't stop Mother Nature," Hook said.

Hook has been coming to the beach for many years but said he can't remember a time when so little land separated the homes from the water.

"It's actually a devastating thing that's happened down here," he said. "The lake's still beautiful, but the beaches are gone."

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