IN - High Waves on Porter County Lakefront Give Recent Erosion-Mitigation Efforts Their ‘First Big Test’
Efforts to protect the eroding Lake Michigan shoreline in Porter County are expected to be put to the test by a forecast of high waves through Tuesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a lakeshore flood warning through noon Tuesday for Lake and Porter counties, with predicted waves of 14 to 18 feet and high lake levels.
The worst of the impact, according to the weather service, was expected to be through Monday evening, when “large waves combined with high lake levels will exacerbate beach and shoreline erosion” and included East Lake Front Drive in Beverly Shores.
The Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, part of Indiana Dunes National Park, has been undergoing a beach nourishment program since late summer, with $450,000 in National Park Service funds diverted from other projects to pay for the dredging and placement of 100,000 cubic yards of sand there and at Central Avenue.
The town of Beverly Shores, meanwhile, funded a $5 million bond issue for a revetment along the lakefront of large rocks and an erosion blanket made of natural fibers to hold sand so plants can get established. The work was finished in late November.