Low water levels in Lake Michigan are leading to high anxiety. The water is five-feet lower than usual and that’s causing problems for companies that use ships to transport food and other products over the water.
The boats can’t carry as much weight as usual, meaning more trips and additional fees.
“We lost 18,000 tons of iron ore. That could’ve been turned into 12,000 tons of steel which could’ve made 15,000 automobiles and kept an auto plant going for 25 days,” said Glen Nekvasil with the Lake Carriers Association.
The manufacturers said the higher prices will be have to be passed along to consumers.
The water has dropped so much because of two consecutive low-snow winters and a major drought this past Summer.