Thursday, October 15, 2009

The New Seawall

Across East Lake Road, right in front of the Mount, is a continuation of our property---that goes all the way to the Lake Erie shore. During a walk to the lake one summer night, we noticed a pick up truck and some large, large boulders at the end of the driveway, well into our property.

It turned out that our new neighbors had contacted us for permission to use our driveway and west boundary as an access for bringing in four or five dozen very large decorative rectangular concrete blocks to build a seawall to protect their house and property from erosion.

For the last 2-3 months we have watched the small cranes that somehow got down the cliff onto the beach and were lifting those huge blocks to make the seawall. Most of the work we saw was done in the early evening when it stayed light until 9:00 pm. We had a perfect view of it from our pier and the neighbors even invited us over to observe the project "up close and personal," as they say.

It seems to be done now and here's a look at it from the end of our pier. The wall is what's in the center, set back a little. On the left side you can see one side of what turned out to be a wide path they constructed down to the lake. It's not wide enough for a car, but okay for taking a jet ski or canoe down from the property above.

That calm looking water is the culprit, especially after early or late winter storms when the lake isn't covered with a layer of ice to protect the shoreline from the huge eroding waves. (Note the tree in the back right--it might be in for its last winter!)

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