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City of Racine issues declaration of emergency over 'significant' shoreline damage

Posted at 12:20 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 13:20:14-05

RACINE — The mayor of Racine has issued a declaration of emergency after a winter storm caused significant damage to the city's shoreline.

The storm brought snow and ice to southeast Wisconsin,causing damage to several homes in the process.

"During the period of Jan. 10 through 12, 2020, a severe storm caused great damage to the shoreline of the City of Racine," said Mayor Cory Mason in the declaration. "Specifically, extreme offshore sustained wind speeds and gusts in excess of 50 mile per hour, coupled with at or near record all-time high water elevations on Lake Michigan for the past year, created an unprecedented event along the shoreline in the City of Racine."

Mason said that there was damage reported in the areas along Pershing Park, Carre-Hogle Park, North Beach and Zoo Beach and the bluffs near the north end of Racine Zoological Gardens.

An emergency declaration positions the City of Racine to be able to ask for state and federal assistance.

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