The dangers of shoreline flooding

The dangers of shoreline flooding


ESSENTIALLY A SLOW MOVING
HURRICANE HEADING OUR WAY. HURRICANE HEADING OUR WAY.
THE PROBLEM IS, HIGH WATER ALONG THE PROBLEM IS, HIGH WATER ALONG
SEVERAL LOCAL WATER WAYS, THAT’S SEVERAL LOCAL WATER WAYS, THAT’S
THAT’S RISING DESPITE WARNINGS THAT’S RISING DESPITE WARNINGS
MANY LOCAL LEADERS SAYS THEY’RE MANY LOCAL LEADERS SAYS THEY’RE
NOT DOING ENOUGH TO PREPARE FOR. NOT DOING ENOUGH TO PREPARE FOR.
IT’S NOT LIKE STORMS, IT’S IT’S NOT LIKE STORMS, IT’S
SLOW-MOVING AND PERHAPS HASN’T SLOW-MOVING AND PERHAPS HASN’T
GOTTEN AS MUCH ATTENTION AS IT GOTTEN AS MUCH ATTENTION AS IT
SHOULD. SHOULD.
>>SANDRA: OUR DR. FRANK>>SANDRA: OUR DR. FRANK
McGEORGE HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THE McGEORGE HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THE
WATER LEVELS. WATER LEVELS.
HE’S STEPPING OUT OF THE E.R. HE’S STEPPING OUT OF THE E.R.
AND WHY IT’S SO SERIOUS. AND WHY IT’S SO SERIOUS.
>>ALTHOUGH I’M A MEDICAL>>ALTHOUGH I’M A MEDICAL
REPORTER, I ALSO LIVE ON LAKE REPORTER, I ALSO LIVE ON LAKE
ST. CLAIR. ST. CLAIR.
RISING WATER, WIND AND RAIN IS RISING WATER, WIND AND RAIN IS
CREATING FLOODING NO ONE HAS CREATING FLOODING NO ONE HAS
SEEN IN OVER 30 YEARS AND THE SEEN IN OVER 30 YEARS AND THE
FORECAST IS FRIGHTENING. FORECAST IS FRIGHTENING.
>>IT’S LIKE A HURRICANE THAT>>IT’S LIKE A HURRICANE THAT
HAPPENS IN A TWO-MONTH TIME HAPPENS IN A TWO-MONTH TIME
FRAME, VERSUS A TWO-DAY. FRAME, VERSUS A TWO-DAY.
>>THE WATER LEVELS AND THE>>THE WATER LEVELS AND THE
RIVER HAS GONE UP 12, 14 INCHES RIVER HAS GONE UP 12, 14 INCHES
IN THE PAST THREE WEEKS. IN THE PAST THREE WEEKS.
>>THE SUPERVISOR FOR CLAY>>THE SUPERVISOR FOR CLAY
TOWNSHIP. TOWNSHIP.
>>YOU KNOW, WE’RE PREPARING FOR>>YOU KNOW, WE’RE PREPARING FOR
THE WORST AND PRAYING FOR THE THE WORST AND PRAYING FOR THE
BEST. BEST.
>>THE SITUATION IS THE SAME>>THE SITUATION IS THE SAME
ALONG ANY SHORELINE ASSOCIATED ALONG ANY SHORELINE ASSOCIATED
WITH LAKE ST. CLAIR OR WITH LAKE ST. CLAIR OR
ASSOCIATED RIVERS. ASSOCIATED RIVERS.
>>THIS IS THE WORST YEAR THAT>>THIS IS THE WORST YEAR THAT
THEY’VE HAD IN ST. CLAIR SHORES THEY’VE HAD IN ST. CLAIR SHORES
SINCE THE LATE ’80S. SINCE THE LATE ’80S.
SECOND TO NONE. SECOND TO NONE.
>>MIKE SMITH IS THE CITY>>MIKE SMITH IS THE CITY
MANAGER FOR ST. CLAIR SHORES. MANAGER FOR ST. CLAIR SHORES.
>>THE ESTIMATE AS OF THIS WEEK>>THE ESTIMATE AS OF THIS WEEK
IS THEY’RE ANTICIPATING BEFORE IS THEY’RE ANTICIPATING BEFORE
THE END OF THE JULY THE LAKE THE END OF THE JULY THE LAKE
LEVELS WILL COME UP ADDITIONAL LEVELS WILL COME UP ADDITIONAL
EIGHT INCHES. EIGHT INCHES.
>>IT’S NEAR THE TOP OF MANY>>IT’S NEAR THE TOP OF MANY
SEAWALLS. SEAWALLS.
EIGHT MORE INCHES CAN SPELL EIGHT MORE INCHES CAN SPELL
DISASTERS. DISASTERS.
>>WE HAVE SIX, SEVEN ROADS IN>>WE HAVE SIX, SEVEN ROADS IN
THE TOWNSHIP THAT HAVE WATER THE TOWNSHIP THAT HAVE WATER
OVER THEM AS WE SPEAK AND IT OVER THEM AS WE SPEAK AND IT
COULD GET WORSE. COULD GET WORSE.
>>IF YOU’RE ON THE WATER AND>>IF YOU’RE ON THE WATER AND
YOU HAVEN’T STARTED SANDBAGGING, YOU HAVEN’T STARTED SANDBAGGING,
HERE IS SOMETHING YOU SHOULD HERE IS SOMETHING YOU SHOULD
KNOW. KNOW.
>>IF YOU’RE ON A CANAL TODAY IN>>IF YOU’RE ON A CANAL TODAY IN
ST. CLAIR SHORES, YOU NEED TO BE ST. CLAIR SHORES, YOU NEED TO BE
18 INCHES BEFORE THE CURRENT 18 INCHES BEFORE THE CURRENT
WATER LEVEL IS WHAT WE’RE WATER LEVEL IS WHAT WE’RE
TELLING PEOPLE THEY SHOULD BE. TELLING PEOPLE THEY SHOULD BE.
18 INCHES ABOVE. 18 INCHES ABOVE.
IF YOU’RE ON THE LAKE A MINIMUM IF YOU’RE ON THE LAKE A MINIMUM
OF THREE FEET. OF THREE FEET.
>>WOW!>>WOW!
>>AND AGAIN, BECAUSE WHEN>>AND AGAIN, BECAUSE WHEN
YOU’VE GOT THE WAVES COMING IN. YOU’VE GOT THE WAVES COMING IN.
>>WE’VE CONTRIBUTED ABOUT>>WE’VE CONTRIBUTED ABOUT
135,000 SAND BAGS SO FAR, AND I 135,000 SAND BAGS SO FAR, AND I
HAVE MORE COMING EVERY WEEK. HAVE MORE COMING EVERY WEEK.
>>PER FEMA WE’RE TOLD, I HAVE>>PER FEMA WE’RE TOLD, I HAVE
140 MILES OF SHORELINE IN CLAY 140 MILES OF SHORELINE IN CLAY
TOWNSHIP BY ITSELF. TOWNSHIP BY ITSELF.
WE ARE THE LARGEST FRESH WATER WE ARE THE LARGEST FRESH WATER
DELTA IN THE NORTHERN DELTA IN THE NORTHERN
HEMISPHERE. HEMISPHERE.
>>SEVERAL YEARS OF LAKE LEVEL>>SEVERAL YEARS OF LAKE LEVEL
INCREASES HAVE BEEN ADDING UP. INCREASES HAVE BEEN ADDING UP.
>>I REMEMBER BRANDON TALKING>>I REMEMBER BRANDON TALKING
300 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE U.P. 300 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE U.P.
AND THAT’S COMING THIS WAY WHAT AND THAT’S COMING THIS WAY WHAT
WE’RE GETTING HERE. WE’RE GETTING HERE.
>>IN ADDITION TO SLOW MELT AND>>IN ADDITION TO SLOW MELT AND
RAIN, THIS YEAR EXPECT TO HEAR A RAIN, THIS YEAR EXPECT TO HEAR A
LOT ABOUT WIND. LOT ABOUT WIND.
IT AFFECTS US WHEN WE HAVE A IT AFFECTS US WHEN WE HAVE A
WIND BLOWING OUT OF THE WEST OR WIND BLOWING OUT OF THE WEST OR
SOUTH-SOUTHWEST, ESPECIALLY FOR SOUTH-SOUTHWEST, ESPECIALLY FOR
SOMETHING MORE THAN 12 HOURS, IT SOMETHING MORE THAN 12 HOURS, IT
PUSHES THE WATER OVER TO OUR PUSHES THE WATER OVER TO OUR
SIDE OF THE LAKE. SIDE OF THE LAKE.
>>MEANWHILE, IN ST. CLAIR>>MEANWHILE, IN ST. CLAIR
SHORES. SHORES.
>>THESE EAST WIND WHICH HAVE>>THESE EAST WIND WHICH HAVE
BEEN BLOWING MUCH STRONGER FOR BEEN BLOWING MUCH STRONGER FOR
US, WHEN WE HAVE A WIND EVENT, US, WHEN WE HAVE A WIND EVENT,
IT COULD GO UP ANOTHER TEN IT COULD GO UP ANOTHER TEN
INCHES OR MORE FAST. INCHES OR MORE FAST.
>>CLEARLY, THIS AFFECTS>>CLEARLY, THIS AFFECTS
EVERYONE WHO LIVES ON THE WATER. EVERYONE WHO LIVES ON THE WATER.
BUT IT ALSO AFFECTS PEOPLE WHO BUT IT ALSO AFFECTS PEOPLE WHO
USE THE WATER. USE THE WATER.
>>THERE WILL BE LOTS OF>>THERE WILL BE LOTS OF
PLEASURE BOATS OUT AND PLEASURE BOATS OUT AND
ULTIMATELY, THE BOATS ARE ULTIMATELY, THE BOATS ARE
RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR WAKE, AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR WAKE, AND
LAST YEAR, WE WERE CONCERNED LAST YEAR, WE WERE CONCERNED
ABOUT THE WAVES GOING OVER OUR ABOUT THE WAVES GOING OVER OUR
SEAWALL. SEAWALL.
THIS YEAR, IN SOME CASES, THE THIS YEAR, IN SOME CASES, THE
WAVES ARE GOING TO BE LAPPING WAVES ARE GOING TO BE LAPPING
AGAINST PEOPLE’S HOMES. AGAINST PEOPLE’S HOMES.
>>NOW, MANY BOATERS DON’T>>NOW, MANY BOATERS DON’T
REALIZE THIS, BUT DEPENDING REALIZE THIS, BUT DEPENDING
WHERE YOU ARE AND HOW BIG YOUR WHERE YOU ARE AND HOW BIG YOUR
BOAT IS, THERE ARE MANY NO WAKE BOAT IS, THERE ARE MANY NO WAKE
ZONES ALL ALONG THE SHORELINE ZONES ALL ALONG THE SHORELINE
AND THIS YEAR WITH PROPERTY AND AND THIS YEAR WITH PROPERTY AND
LIVES AT STAKE, YOU CAN EXPECT LIVES AT STAKE, YOU CAN EXPECT
STRICTER ENFORCEMENT. STRICTER ENFORCEMENT.
REPORTING FROM ST. CLAIR SHORES, REPORTING FROM ST. CLAIR SHORES,
DR. FRANK McGEORGE, BACK TO YOU. DR. FRANK McGEORGE, BACK TO YOU.
>>IT’S SCARY, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE>>IT’S SCARY, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE
WILL, ON LAKE ERIE, DOWN RIVER WILL, ON LAKE ERIE, DOWN RIVER
AS WELL, DEALING WITH THE SAME