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Mason issues declaration of emergency for shoreline damage
Shoreline damage aftermath

Mason issues declaration of emergency for shoreline damage

The day after the storm

Pershing Park Drive was impassable strewn Jan. 12 with ice and rubble after high winds churned large waves the the two days before.

RACINE — Mayor Cory Mason has issued a declaration of emergency due to the extreme weather conditions this past weekend, which caused significant damage to the city’s shoreline.

An emergency declaration positions the city to be able to ask for state and federal assistance.

The declaration from Mason reads:

“Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes section 323.11 and 323.14 and Racine Ordinance section 34-1, I hereby declare that a state of emergency exists in the City of Racine for the following reasons:

“During the period of January 10 through 12, 2020, a severe storm caused great damage to the shoreline of the City of Racine. Specifically, extreme offshore-sustained wind speeds and gusts in excess of 50 mile per hour, coupled with at or near record all-time high water elevations on Lake Michigan for the past year, created an unprecedented event along the shoreline in the City of Racine.

Failures and breaches exist along both protected and unprotected shorelines in various City of Racine parks as well as failures to storm water outfall infrastructure located at various points along Lake Michigan. Significant damage has been reported in the areas along: Pershing Park, Carre-Hogle Park, North Beach and Zoo Beach, and the bluffs near the north end of Racine Zoological Gardens.”

The statement concludes, “I find that the damages extant and potential for disaster existing requires extraordinary measures to protect the health, well-being and safety of the people and property within the City of Racine and request the State’s assistance.”


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Michael "Mick" Burke covers business and the Village of Sturtevant. He is the proud father of two daughters and owner of a fantastic, although rug-chewing, German shepherd dog.

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