Canal Park Businesses Reopen After Flooding

Brandon Weathers
Updated: October 11, 2018 08:28 PM

Relentless northeast winds Wednesday brought Lake Superior's waters over the Lakewalk flooding parking lots, streets, and businesses. 

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The city asked people to avoid Canal Park and the Lakewalk due to the unsafe conditions. The city was able to clean up Canal Park in time for business to return as usual Thursday. Meanwhile, the Lakewalk faces a longer road to recovery.

One of the businesses closed Wednesday was Vikre Distillery. "There was probably a foot of standing water on Lake Ave, the parking lot was all standing water, and we had about 6 inches in here in the bar with little waves," co-owner Joel Vikre said.

Vikre was thankful for the layout of the building which reduced damage considerably. The entrance and bar area sit at street level, while the majority of seating and the distillery machinery sit 4 feet higher.

He exlained,  "we really only have this one lower area, and because our décor is very rustic, there was nothing that wasn't easy to dry out."

Vikre says this was the first time the distillery has suffered flooding in the 5 years they have been in Canal Park. Fortunately, it was minimal and did not leave any monetary or long term damage.


Brandon Weathers

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