On Tuesday, Porter County Commissioners declared an emergency disaster for the Porter County lakefront in response to the significant erosion of the Lake Michigan shoreline. State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) gave the following response to the emergency declaration:

“The substantial erosion of the shoreline this season is threatening private homes and public infrastructure. Porter County rightfully just declared an emergency, and Beverly Shores is expected to pass a resolution declaring an emergency this evening at their town council meeting. I know that other towns along the lakefront are also expected to follow suit with emergency declarations. With this crisis looming along Lake Michigan, I hope the governor will seize the opportunity to declare a state of emergency for the area and allow local communities to access federal money that is available through FEMA.”