In anticipation of potential springtime flooding on the Black River, the City of Port Huron will be assisting residents in flood prone locations. According to the city, due to ongoing elevated water levels in the Great Lakes basin, there is a higher likelihood of typical spring rain and ice-out events causing flood damage in low-lying areas.
Preventative measures include literature being distributed via mail to residents in the Black River Canal District and sandbags distribution at various points within this district. The sandbag distribution points will be converted to sandbag filling stations as conditions warrant.
Residents with vulnerable properties outside the Canal District can source sandbags at the Department of Public Works on Bancroft street, where a sandbag filling station has already been established.
The city says, for residents and property owners on Lake Huron, sandbagging is an ineffective mitigation strategy for wave action-induced erosion. The City of Port Huron encourages residents on Lake Huron to explore more substantial shoreline hardening structures.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.