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Article updated: 3/29/2013 1:45 PM

Waukegan Harbor to get funding because of Hurricane Sandy

By Russell Lissau

The ongoing project to make Waukegan Harbor deeper for ships will get an additional $990,000 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a pair of Illinois lawmakers announced Friday.

The money will be used to dredge the harbor and fix parts made more shallow as a result of Hurricane Sandy last year, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider announced in a news release.

The funding was awarded as part of the $821 million package approved for the Army Corps of Engineers to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy and to rebuild the areas impacted by the October storm.

Although the East Coast was hit particularly hard by the storm, the states surrounding the Great Lakes experienced strong winds that damaged breakwaters and left silt in harbors and channels. Michigan. The Waukegan Outer Harbor was plugged by sand washed into it because of the high surf associated with strong north winds caused by the storm, according to the Waukegan Harbor Citizens Advisory Group.

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