GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — High water levels and a lack of ice have led to continued damage to the lakefront.
In one week, 35 feet of land was eroded away, said Jeremy Schaffer, Geneva-on-the-Lake village administrator. In one day, six to eight feet were lost, he added.
“Every day, we’re actually losing feet,” Schaffer said.
On Wednesday, village officials met with members of the Emergency Management Agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and one of the village’s engineering firms to determine the cost of taking action, Schaffer said.
A cost estimate for a temporary fix is expected to be finished later this week. ODNR suggested using large stones to stop erosion and buy time for a longer-term plan, Schaffer said.
Currently, Lake Erie water levels are six inches above the record for February, and 37 inches above average, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.
There will be a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, before the village council meeting, to discuss the erosion issues. Village residents who have had their property damaged by the high lake levels are encourage to report the damage to Schaffer at the Village Hall.
“There’s no deadline, but we really need it by Friday at close of business. And if they could drop off contact information, possibly pictures and a description of the damage that’s been caused by the current lake situation, it not freezing and high water ... if they could bring any of that, just drop it here at the office,” Schaffer said.
Congressman Dave Joyce’s office has been in contact with the village, said Joyce spokesperson Katherine Sears.