Flooding takes place in the fall of 2019 at Ellen Avery Park in South Haven. The flooding is undermining the parking lot and sidewalks, and damaging plants and flowers that grow in the park.

SOUTH HAVEN — For the past decade, several neighbors whose homes are located next to Ellen Avery Park have taken great pride in helping the city of South Haven maintain it. They even help pay for the maintenance. The park contains a variety of plantings and a clock tower, paid for by SHOUT for South Haven, a nonprofit group that seeks to beautify the town.

So when the Ellen Avery Park neighbors looked out of their windows this past year to see the park continually flood due to the record-high water levels on Lake Michigan and the Black River channel, they became increasingly concerned.