Michigan's Record-High Water Levels Collide With Coronavirus

Apr 4, 2020

In this Jan. 11, 2020 photo, waves from a storm batter the Lake Michigan shoreline. Near record high water levels continue sweeping away beaches important to local tourism.
Credit Rafi Wilkinson via AP

DETROIT — Officials in Michigan are warning that efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic could have a serious impact on relief and repairs during what is expected to be another tumultuous spring flooding season

The Detroit Free Press reports that high water levels are expected to cause severe flooding, shoreline erosion, and road and infrastructure damage this spring.

Providing shelter to those displaced by floods could be challenging when social distancing is advised. And some state agencies could find themselves unable to provide the usual level of assistance because they are financially stretched due to the coronavirus crisis.