Park Point Residents, Canal Park Businesses Impacted by October Storm

Ryan Juntti
Updated: October 22, 2019 07:26 PM

Some areas across the Northland are still cleaning up after another October storm ripped through much of our region. One of those areas is Park Point.


On Tuesday night, there was standing water that stretched for about two blocks from 9th Street South to 11th Street South.

This was all caused by the third October storm in a row.

"When we first walked over here, I was just kind of like, 'what happened?,' " said Kevin Escobar referencing the storm damage in Canal Park. Escobar was visiting Duluth from Fargo, North Dakota.

For those who hadn't witnessed the power of Lake Superior before like Escobar and his girlfriend Megan, it was a sight to see.

"I didn't think that all of this would come from just water," said Escobar.

But for others, the third October storm in a row caused quite the headache.

"We were watching it blow, watching people get blown in, and then we saw the streets starting to fill up," said Global Village Proprietress Rachel Mock. "And then our parking lot started filling up... and then it was filling up so fast that we were like, hit the lights we're out of here, she added.   

But luckily for them there was no damage.

"The water just came right up to our door, kissed our doorstep, and then went away, thankfully," said Mock.

In the Park Point neighborhood it was a different story. There were at least three houses that were pumping water out.

Rich Peterson lives on Park Point, but was across the bridge on Monday night. He almost had to stay there for awhile.

"I could see the water starting to rise down by Grandma's (Saloon & Grill) and the Paulucci Building, and when I came back an hour and a half later, it was touch and go. I think I might've been one of the last ones to officially get through," said Peterson.

With Duluth seeing more and more of these storms, some are worried for the future.

"It's freaky and it seems like it's happening like clockwork, and I've lived here my whole life, and not experienced it this frequently, so it's frightening. Nature was merciful to us this time, but it sort of feels like we're all on borrowed time down here at this point," said Mock.

Sky Harbor Airport Manager Brian Madsen says the airport had a little bit of flooding, but that operations are now back to normal.

Vikre Distillery closed on Monday due to flooding in Canal Park, but was open on Tuesday.


Ryan Juntti

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