MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – U.S. Senator Carl Levin has joined a bipartisan group of senators from Great Lakes states in urging the Army Corps of Engineers to allocate expedited funding to help the Great Lakes recover from damage caused from Hurricane Sandy.
The senators say gale force winds caused damage to breakwaters and silted in harbors and channels and they urged the Army Corps to direct funding to Great Lakes projects so that breakwaters and piers can be repaired, and harbors and channels can be dredged to restore functionality.
During the storm surge, wave heights reached 23 feet on Lake Huron, in Lake Michigan the waves peaked at 22 feet, and the storm caused waves of 14 feet in Lake Erie.
The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that Great Lakes Navigation System incurred damages totaling $17.7 million.
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