WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers said Hurricane Ike had a profound impact on Lake Michigan, more than 1,000 miles from where it made landfall.
The U.S. Geological Survey said heavy rain from Hurricane Ike resulted in runoff from tributaries that dumped massive amounts of sediment into Lake Michigan. The sediment has contaminated the water, compromising near-shore navigation and raising E. coil bacteria to levels unsafe for swimming.
"The local effects that Ike had on Lake Michigan's Indiana shoreline, water depth and water quality have been profound," Richard Whitman, a USGS expert on beach health, said in a statement.
Whitman said rain was particularly damaging to parts of northwestern Indiana and Chicago because the ground was saturated by a stalled cold front.