Home could fall in Lake Michigan any day

 A house could fall in Lake Michigan any day.
A house could fall in Lake Michigan any day. (WILX)
Published: Jun. 2, 2019 at 5:53 AM EDT
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A Wisconsin family is struggling with what to do about their home which is hanging over an eroding cliff that could give out any time.

It's too expensive to fix the problem, but letting it slide into Lake Michigan could cost them even more.

The couple moved out about a year ago after their side porch fell right into Lake Michigan.

Now about 10 feet of their home hangs right over the edge.

Severe bluff erosion is threatening homes along Lake Michigan in parts of Wisconsin.

"One evening the winds just came up, took it all off and the grounds just went. Now it just keeps going further and further in," said a neighbor.

Rising lake levels creating big waves are to blame for the natural erosion.

Those who have evacuated this condemned home find themselves in a difficult position.

They say their insurance doesn't cover earth movement, and they can't demolish the house because they still owe a $100,000 on the property.

If it does go tumbling down, they'd be fined for contaminating Lake Michigan's federally protected water.

"It's an older home so there's going to be lead paint and asbestos and things like that," said a neighbor.

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