Kenosha Co. home on the verge of collapsing into Lake Michigan

NOW: Kenosha Co. home on the verge of collapsing into Lake Michigan

SOMERS, Wis. (CBS 58) – A home in Kenosha County is on the verge of collapsing into Lake Michigan due to erosion.

In the last week, the screened-in porch on the house fell down the bluff, forcing the homeowners to evacuate.

“Yeah, it’s a beautiful view but now I don’t want to see it anymore,” Homeowner Marge Lindgren said.

Last week, Lindgren and her husband were sitting inside of their Somers home when they heard a strange sound.

“We were watching T.V. and reading the paper and we just heard the loudest crash and thought, what is that?” she said. “We both got up and looked out the window and slowly but surely down went the porch.”

Lindgren says the home has been in her husband’s family for decades. They bought the house from his parents and have lived in it for the last 15 years.

Over time, Lindgren says they’ve noticed the shoreline shrinking but never thought it would get to the point of impacting the home.

Lindgren, her husband and dog had to evacuate the home once the porch collapsed. They are staying with family members while they figure out the next steps.

The cost of stabilizing the home is too much in addition to paying the mortgage, according to Lindgren. She says the county said it can’t help financially and the family’s insurance doesn’t cover earth movement.

A GoFundMe was set up to help the Lindgren family.

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