Extensive Damage Closes Lakewalk After Storm

Baihly Warfield
Updated: October 11, 2018 08:16 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - The giant waves have rolled back out to the big lake, but they've left behind massive destruction. 

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City officials have done their preliminary assessment and said there are downed trees, flooding, erosion and other damage across Duluth. 

There are a few closures:

  • Lakewalk from the Canal Park Lighthouse Lot to Leif Erikson Park
  • Brighton Beach
  • Park Point 12th St. beach access
  • Sidewalk between the DECC and the Aquarium

The section of the Lakewalk from Endion Station to Leif Erikson had already been closed for repairs from the October 2017 storm.

Crews were out first thing Thursday morning taking pictures of the new damage and clearing rocks and rubble from train tracks.

The Everson family made their annual fall trip to Duluth from Willmar, Minn. Wednesday evening. 

"We were coming up here yesterday and I saw some stuff on Facebook, and I was like, 'Oh my gosh,'" Lisa Everson said. "We stayed at Pier B, and I didn't know if we would be able to stay there if water was that backed up."

They were able to stay there and went out to see the damage Thursday morning. 

"I've never seen damage like this," Samuel Everson said. "It's really, really cool."

"It was pretty crazy how much damage it could be," Benny Everson said.

There was no better example of Gitchi Gumee's incredible strength than the 500-pound anchor that washed ashore. Four Coast Guard members were working to pry it out of the rocky beach Thursday morning. They said it and the buoy attached to it were about a quarter mile offshore before the storm. 

The city has only done a preliminary estimate and doesn't have a dollar value yet. They hope to have one early next week.

They will be reporting damage to the state, but there is a 72-hour waiting period before they can do that. 


Baihly Warfield

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