MICHIGAN (CBS DETROIT) – New concerns along the Michigan coast, where leaders are asking for federal help in the battle against flooding and erosion.

The problem is currently affecting thousands and threatening their homes.

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Senator Debbie Stabenow visited the Bay County Wednesday, calling for a plan.

“We really don’t have a choice, when we look at what’s happening with the high-water levels. And we have to address it a short time, and we have to address it long term,” she said.

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Bangor Township officials say the problem isn’t enough to declare a state of emergency.

They’re hoping for a state of disaster declaration along the shoreline area.

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