Mount Baldy Work To Begin Today

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August 12, 2013 — Work is scheduled to begin today to try to determine what caused a section of dune to collapse last month at Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, burying a 6-year-old Illinois boy under 11 feet of sand for more than three hours.

The National Park Service and the Environmental Protection Agency are bringing in ground-sensing equipment to begin searching for possible anomalies in the 43-acre sand dune.  Early theories are that a buried tree may have rotted and caused the  collapse.

Meanwhile, Governor Mike Pence is expected to attend an event in Michigan City later this month honoring those involved in rescuing Nathan Woessner.   Nathan’s family has been invited to the August 28th event.  The Michigan City Fire Department last week honored firefighters involved in the rescue.

Nathan was released last month from a Chicago children’s hospital, where doctors said he underwent physical, occupational and speech therapy. He’s scheduled to return for more rehabilitation.


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