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Gravity Drain a Savior from Lakes Flooding

(LaPorte, IN) - More rain today is not certainly going to help matters on the record high Lake Michigan where some homes have fallen over eroded bluffs and many more are threatened.


It’s a much different story in LaPorte.  The lakes here are not even close to flooding because of a gravity drain. The drain was put in over 20 years ago in response to record flooding in the ’90s especially on Pine Lake where many homes suffered damage.  Waste Water superintendent Jerry Jackson says the drain has been running almost non-stop many times the last four years because of above-average rainfall. Without the drain, Jackson said he no doubt water levels on the lakes here would be at least as high as they were a quarter-century ago. He says the gravity drain sends lake water to Travis Ditch which empties into the Kankakee River.

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