Lake Huron is winning the battle of land and sea being waged on Sarnia’s shoreline, and doing it with poetic grandeur.
Strong north winds and powerful waves shortly after Christmas ripped out another section of steel seawall north of Lakeshore Road and east of Telfer Road.
Because the lake has yet to ice over, freezing spray is sculpting dramatic and sometimes beautiful formations even as the shoreline gets pounded.
Two weeks ago, city hall had armour stone trucked in from the Bruce Peninsula and positioned in the latest breach as a temporary fix, at a cost of $60,000.
The engineering department hopes in future to reuse the big stones in a more permanent barricade if and when money becomes available.
The newest break occurred just west of a much larger seawall failure that washed away 3,000 tonnes of shoreline last year near the mouth of the Cull Drain, as well as a couple of smaller washouts.
Unfortunately, high water levels and the lack of ice is allowing waves to pummel the shore and “making additional erosion a very likely reality,” city engineer Andre Morin warned in a new council report.