Bay City – State lawmakers have approved $200,000 to help build a seawall in Bay City to protect a retired Navy ship and a museum from high water.

“Michiganders come from all corners of our state to visit the USS Edson and attend the museum’s events, not to mention the significance it has to the members of our Bay City community,” said Rep. Brian Elder, D-Bay City.

The USS Edson and Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum are near the mouth of the Saginaw River, reported. High water is making it difficult to board the ship and use an adjacent parking lot.

The USS Edson was deployed to Vietnam and was in service during the Cold War.

“Due to the unprecedented high water levels, this unique naval treasure and tourist attraction is not accessible to visitors at times,” museum director Mike Kegley said.

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