Vehicles pass through a flooded portion of Jefferson Avenue last year in St. Clair Shores. At 6 p.m. March 26, EGLE will sponsor a Virtual Town Hall on high water preparedness that is open for the public to be able to ask their questions and get answers on lake levels in Lake St. Clair and around the state.

Vehicles pass through a flooded portion of Jefferson Avenue last year in St. Clair Shores. At 6 p.m. March 26, EGLE will sponsor a Virtual Town Hall on high water preparedness that is open for the public to be able to ask their questions and get answers on lake levels in Lake St. Clair and around the state.

File photo by Kristyne E. Demske


High water meeting offered online

By: Kristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published March 25, 2020

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LAKE ST. CLAIR/LANSING — Although the Macomb County Emergency Management town hall meetings on high water had to be canceled because of the restriction on meetings that include more than 50 people, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, or EGLE, still wants waterfront residents to be prepared for high water levels in 2020.

At 6 p.m. March 26, EGLE will sponsor a Virtual Town Hall on high water preparedness that is open for the public to be able to ask their questions and get answers on lake levels in Lake St. Clair and around the state.

“I don’t know if it’s going to be as comprehensive as what we had planned, but at least it’s something,” said St. Clair Shores Assistant City Manager Bill Gambill. “It’ll probably be less specifically focused on Lake St. Clair, but focused on high water in general.”

Macomb County communities have canceled meetings in the wake of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order limiting gatherings of large groups of people to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. Because of that, high water meetings in Harrison Township and St. Clair Shores were canceled.

Gambill said that when he learned of the webinar from the Michigan Municipal League, “I thought that was perfect timing,” since St. Clair Shores’ meeting was originally set for the same date.

The virtual town hall meeting will cover water level basics, current forecasts, statewide high water impacts and resources for residents. Those interested in attending can register at attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4845761454354362114. 

St. Clair Shores residents can still get sandbags and sand, even while city buildings are closed to the public. Gambill said that residents can call the Department of Public Works at (586) 445-5363 to arrange a potential drop-off of sandbags. If several residents in an area need sand, he said, the department may also be able to arrange a drop-off of sand to the area so that people can “make the best use of their time.”

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