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State of Emergency issued for Port Clinton due to high water levels

Posted at 5:15 PM, May 16, 2019

PORT CLINTON, Ohio — The city of Port Clinton declared a State of Emergency Thursday because of rising water levels.

"High water combined with repeated wave action, have displaced a substantial amount of sand from our City's beach and are continuing to cause concern with other areas of our cities' lake shoreline and riverfront," Mayor Mike Snider said.

The rising water has caused erosion and flooding of shoreline areas.

According to the mayor's office, city administration is working with local and state authorities to come up with a plan to address the damage and to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Crews have placed orange fencing and barricades in the main beach area to help block the water. City officials said that "no extraordinary actions outside of normal safety protocols already in place within daily life are required in the City of Port Clinton as a result of this declaration."

The emergency declaration became effective 2 p.m. Thursday and will continue until further notice, according to the city. Additionally, the City Beach is also closed until further notice.

Port Clinton is in Ottawa County, just west of Sandusky.

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