Illinois project to slow Racine erosion

Illinois project to slow Racine erosion
Posted at 6:35 PM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 16:25:51-04

RACINE -- Help is on the way for homeowners dealing with Lake Michigan bluff erosion in Mount Pleasant.

Village and Racine County officials announced Tuesday that hundreds of yards of concrete are available, thanks to a runway replacement project in Waukegan, Ill.

"It is a very stringent concrete because it's not just holding up Cessna planes," Village of Mount Pleasant President Jerry Garski tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "It's holding up big DC-9s and 747s."

Under the proposal, the village and Racine County will cover the transportation and fuel costs associated with trucking the slabs of concrete. Homeowners will need to pay for the installation of the concrete on their own property to shore up the shoreline.

Department of Natural Resource officials also explained that the concrete is a solid start to finding a long term solution to slowing erosion.

"You should be using this concrete in conjunction with a harder stone," DNR agent Martye Griffin explains to TODAY'S TMJ4. "I like to thing of this as 'phase one.'"

Griffin says the reasons for the erosion stem from Lake Michigan's record levels this year, several feet above normal.