So, Chicago and parts of the Midwest are sinking

Parts of the country around southern Lake Michigan are dropping as receding ice sheets allow areas of the continent farther north to rise

Chicago /
Mar.March 02, 2019 02:00 PM

The Chicago area is sinking up to 8 inches each century in some places (Credit: iStock, Pixabay)

Homeowners living along the shore of southern Lake Michigan who’ve dealt with wildly fluctuating water levels over the past few decades now have another worry: Chicago and other parts of the region are sinking.

The Earth’s crust around southern Lake Michigan is dipping as areas of the northern United States and Canada are rising as once heavy sheets of ice melt and recede. The Chicago area is sinking up to 8 inches each century in some places, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The change also affects the flow of water throughout the Great Lakes, and leads to lower levels in northern regions and higher levels at the southern end of the lakes. The effect could be water levels 4 inches higher in Chicago in the next century, while Cleveland could see levels climb 4 inches and Milwaukee could see levels nearly 6 inches higher.

New Buffalo, Michigan resident Ron Watson told the Tribune he’s seen fluctuating water levels over the years at his home across from Lake Michigan and is concerned.

“If you’ve ever lived on the shoreline, it’s inches of water we’re worried about, not feet of water. When lake levels are high, all it takes is inches,” Watson said. [Chicago Tribune] — John O’Brien


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
1930 North Orchard Street (Google Maps)
Lincoln Park mansion sale sets record
Lincoln Park mansion sale sets record
Chicago-Area signed contracts hit record (Getty)
I’ll take it: Chicago-area signed contracts soar past record
I’ll take it: Chicago-area signed contracts soar past record
Homes in the Gold Coast (Getty)
Gold Coast faces 12-year luxury supply glut
Gold Coast faces 12-year luxury supply glut
Port of Chicago (BartShore/Wikipedia, iStock)
Big development opportunity on tap at Port of Chicago
Big development opportunity on tap at Port of Chicago
Amita CEO Keith Parrott and the Amita Health’s Lisle headquarters at 2601 Navistar Drive in Lisle (Amita, Google Maps)
Amita Health adds to wave of suburban office subleases
Amita Health adds to wave of suburban office subleases
From left: DL3 Realty’s Leon Walker, Discover’s Roger Hochschild, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and 8560 South Cottage Grove Avenue. (DL3, Discover, Getty, Google Maps)
DL3 Realty signs Discover to big South Side lease
DL3 Realty signs Discover to big South Side lease
Blackstone’s Jonathan Gray and CenterPoint CIO Jim Clewlow with one of the properties, 225 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca (Getty, Linkedin, Google Maps)
Blackstone expands industrial reach with $151M Chicago buy
Blackstone expands industrial reach with $151M Chicago buy
Nicholas Chabraja, above, and his wife, Eleanor, relisted their Lake Forest mansion (Redfin/Ann Lyon and Jeffrey Folker of @properties)
Lake Forest mansion relists, hoping to ride home sales wave
Lake Forest mansion relists, hoping to ride home sales wave
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...