Flooded intersection

Puddles cover part of the road and sidewalk at the intersection of South Rath Avenue and West Melendy Street in Ludington. The standing water is due to the level of Lake Michigan, which is higher than the storm drains, according to City Manager Mitch Foster.

Lake Michigan is climbing toward a new record high level, and the water is standing on some of Ludington’s streets.

The deep puddles covering the road and sidewalk at the intersection of South Rath Avenue and West Melendy Street in Ludington are due to the high water level of Lake Michigan, said City Manager Mitch Foster. The lake level is above the level of the storm drains near the Rath and Melendy intersection, he said.

“That is the storm drain backing up from the lake. (The water has) got nowhere to go,” he said. “There isn’t much we can do at this point. It’s the lake level.”

A public informational meeting about the Great Lakes’ high water levels will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, at Ludington City Hall. The keynote speaker will be Keith Kompoltowicz, branch chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit. Kompoltowicz oversees a team of hydrologists, meteorologists and engineers who produce a monthly bulletin on Great Lakes levels and forecasts.

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