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Dune erosion at North Beach Park in Grand Haven (Photo from NWS Survey)

Lake Michigan shoreline homes in peril after storms swallow duneland

FERRYSBURG, MI -- Tom Cotter and his wife, Mary Carole, moved into their dream home on the Lake Michigan shoreline about a week ago.

They owned the property next to North Beach Park in Ferrysburg for 24 years and had a cabin on it, renting it out during the summer to help pay off their mortgage. With the kids away at college, the pair decided to invest their life savings and make a permanent home there.

They’re proud of the home; It was recently featured in the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids’ Parade of Homes.

But the week they’ve lived there has been spent in panic.

During the first night of storms on Oct. 16 they heard howling winds and crashing waves. When dawn broke, they saw about 10 feet of their backyard had vanished.

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