Dozens of homes flooded out in Luna Pier after strong winds stir up Lake Erie

LUNA PIER, Mich. (WTVG) - Water pumps and shop vacs were a common sight Thursday night in Luna Pier.

"We only had about an inch, basically, through the house," said resident Roy Snyder.

Snyder and the rest of his neighbors spent the evening cleaning up after Lake Erie flooded their homes.

"You enjoy the view, but the lake comes in once in a while," said Snyder.

Strong winds, gusting up to 40 miles per hour, churned up the lake throughout the day and sent water rushing into nearly a dozen homes on Allen Cove.

"We had pumps running, but they just wouldn't keep up with the water rolling over the wall there," said Luna Pier Mayor Jim Gardner.

Gardner says the waters rose fast and that forced evacuations for those living along the shore.

"It's a helpless feeling when you see it coming up and you're doing everything you can do and you don't know how high it's going to go," said Gardner. "It's a terrible feeling."

After dealing with two floods last year alone neighbors were a little more prepared this time around.

"We've learned: You go high with everything," laughed resident Melanie Leckler.

People had sandbags in place and furniture stacked all in hopes of lessening Lake Erie's blow.

"[We] didn't want to lose anything this time," said Snyder. "So, [we] tried to save as much as we could."

While it's an inconvenience, neighbors say they wouldn't change a thing as it's all a part of life on the lake.

"You just get used to it," said neighbor Janet Warren. "I don't know what to say."