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A day of relief for homeowners along the lakeshore

April 16, 2018 07:47 AM

It's a day of relief for homeowners along the lakeshore.

They were out early Sunday morning surveying damage from the ice, grateful there wasn't more of it. 

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Neighbors along the lake are relieved the ice wasn't quite so bad but the height of the water continues to cause concern. High waves can still do damage.

"The lake level is a little bit high so we're getting a lot of splashes," homeowner Gregory Pien said. "Really the splash of the lake is more of an issue that freezing rain for us this time."

Pien is thankful the situation is not like last year. The lake is about a foot below flood stage. But it's high enough that his home is taking a beating from the waves. 

The water that splashes up on the house could seep in through windows or doors that are not adequately sealed. And it can flood the basement at ground level. So he's keeping a watch on things. He's learned some lessons from last year's spring flooding.

"Well, usually we don't get stuff thrown at the house so we try to make sure the doors and windows are sealed," Pien said. "Basement waterproofing is a big deal for us. With the lake running high, you can see we have a barrier still leftover from last year."

For people who lived through the well-known ice storm of 1991, and even last year's wind storm, Saturday night's storm was tame but still left its mark in this area with downed trees and some power outages.

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