Jerusalem Township asks for review of its dike system

Published: Aug. 12, 2019 at 6:23 PM EDT
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The dike system in Jerusalem Township is getting a closer look. That comes as Lake Erie water levels are hitting all-time highs and the hope is to shore up that protection system in case those levels become a trend.

The idea here is to head off any potential problem. If they're small now and can be corrected it could prevent a larger one in the future.

Joe Migliori says he lived here along Lake Erie in Jerusalem Township when the first dike was built in the 70s.

"It was supposed to be a temporary dike and then years later they came in and said they were doing a permanent dike," said Migliori.

Even though his home is elevated, Migliori feels comfortable with the protection this dike offers.

"No I'm not concerned whatsoever," said Migliori.

"We are trying to get out ahead of this. We don't want to wait until there is a crisis,” said Jerusalem Township Trustee Mark Sattler.

So Jerusalem Township trustees like Sattler asked the US Army Corps of Engineers to review the dike's condition. Especially because Sattler says the lake is up about 3 feet higher than normal

"There's a lot more water in Lake Erie right now. People have a lot less beach. That puts additional stress on our dike system," said Sattler.

Some of that is due to a very wet spring but Sattler says it’s best to address the dike now, so that nothing disastrous happens in case these water levels become the norm. The trustees have received preliminary results with the corps identifying what it calls "medium urgency of action."

Too much vegetation growing on the dikes and spots where animals are burrowing, are the issues right now. They are not major and the trustees hope to keep it that way.

"We have areas of concern, we're working on those areas. This is not a crisis," said Sattler.

"This dike has served the test of time. We've had storms after storms after storms and it's held up," said Migliori.

Township Trustees will have a meeting Tuesday night if people want to talk further about the dike.