CROTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A man in Newaygo County is homeless because floodwaters have eroded the land on which his house sits.
The April flooding caused erosion at Paul Atkinson's property as the Little Muskegon River has expanded. The problem has worsened with every subsequent rainfall.
Atkinson lost 29 feet of land to the Little Muskegon River. Now, exiting his front door leaves you only a step from a 75-foot drop into the water.
His house, where he has lived since 1992, is no longer habitable.
"They said, 'We don't want you living here any more right now because you might end up in the river in the middle of the night and you wouldn't have any previous warning,'" Atkinson said emergency management officials told him.
He and his dog Duke are staying at a hotel for now.
Newaygo County emergency management is working to get him a new house.
"We are dealing with a lot of erosion, but not to this magnitude here," Newaygo County Emergency Services Director Abby Watkins told 24 Hour News 8 at Atkinson's home.
She said other homes still have time to be saved. Some methods to stabilize banks can cost thousands of dollars, but other are much cheaper -- like getting plants that can take root and hold the soil.
Atkinson is working to build new roots on his riverfront property.
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