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Canal Park Businesses Prepare for Potential Storm Flooding

Taylor Holt
Updated: April 11, 2019 10:41 PM

Lake Superior's big waves and massive beauty draws people from all over in.

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"I think this is the biggest we have ever seen the waves," said Mark Winkle, who was watching the waves with his family Thursday morning.

The dozens of businesses that inhabit Canal Park have a front-row view.

"It's quite something to see, and I have been watching it for the past couple of hours," said Tony Boen, Director of Operations for Grandma's Restaurants.

However, many like Boen have also experienced her destruction. 

"We call this Thursday in Duluth. We've been around over 40 years so we have been very prepared for things like this to happen, but in the last couple of years, we've had to do more preparation as the lake levels have risen," Boen added.

Boen says last Summer, they made modifications to their basement to prevent future water damage. Early Thursday, they were clear of incoming water. Boen says the ice on the lake is partly to thank for that.

"It's holding the waters back. It's also preventing the waves from reaching the lake walk and hopefully minimizing any damage," said Boen.

Over at Northern Waters Smokehaus, the General Manager says flooding from the last storm has caused concern this time for them. 

"It just kind of ran like a river through the Smokehaus basement," said Mary Tennis. "This time around we checked out the sump pump and it's working."

They've also taken other precautions, including sending some staff home and closing their doors early. 

Business wise, they've felt the impacts of slower business too. However, Boen says they are expecting a busy night at Grandma's and their concern is that people make it down there safely.

"Today is expected to be one of our busy days with the Luke Combs concert at Amsoil and UMD Hockey. We'll be having a tailgate party at the Sports Garden. I don't think that's going to dampen too many peoples spirits. We are prepared for business," said Boen.

City officials say they aren't anticipating any damage to the recent work to the Lake walk, and still expect it to be completed by mid-Summer.

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