Sandy Causes Beach Erosion

Superstorm Sandy also did some super damage to Lake Erie's shoreline. The wind and waves were so ferocious, they toppled breakwalls and washed away parts of the shore. The waves were so powerful, they smashed a hole in the breakwall off Edgewater Park. Those rocks weigh tons each and just got knocked around. A survey boat was already assessing how deep the damage goes.

"You get very, very large waves coming up to the Cleveland breakwater and the larger the wave, the more force, and you can actually lift very, very large pieces of stone," said Jim Park, Ohio Department of Coastal Management Natural Resources Engineer.

Park, based out of Sandusky, has been busy checking for damage and erosion since Sandy came crashing into the North Coast.
A good example is at the mouth of Old Woman Creek in Erie County.

"In normal weather this area would be completely covered by sand," Park said. "You can see how high it is, but since Superstorm Sandy, all of that has washed away."

Near Cedar Point, the big houses on Rye Beach Road were protected by a massive breakwall. Water was barely able to crawl over the ten-ton rocks.

Lakeshore properties like the ones at Sherod Park near Vermilion mostly escaped even though the beach took a beating because the low level of Lake Erie really kept down the damage.

"We're very fortunate," Park said. "If we had the same water level as we did last year, it could have been a different story."
The engineers at coastal management will help any waterfront property owners who suffered damage from Sandy. Their inspections up and down the Lake Erie shore will continue as long as they are needed.