Home falls off Lake Michigan bluff thanks to erosion

January 9, 2020

A cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan has tumbled down a bluff and into the lake, thanks to more rapid and severe shoreline erosion.

The cottage, which was built in the early 1900s and had been occupied for five generations, fell Dec. 30, mere weeks after its owner raised concerns about the safety of the property.

Homeowner Patricia Gancer, who was not home when the cottage fell over the bluff, created a GoFundMe in early December for the construction of a shoreline rock wall and other protective measures. Construction of the wall had already begun when the house fell.

More frequent storms over Lake Michigan and other nearby lakes have contributed to increased erosion and caused flooding in lakeside communities, according to the Detroit News. In October, a Lake Michigan storm eroded nearly 20 feet of dunes near Spring Lake.

The full article from the Detroit News is available here.

Home falls off Lake Michigan bluff thanks to erosion