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City Closes Parts of Canal Park, Park Point Because of Flooding

Joe Leddy shared this photo of flooding near Grandma's Restaurant in Duluth. Joe Leddy shared this photo of flooding near Grandma's Restaurant in Duluth. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: October 11, 2018 12:48 AM

All of the rain and wind has caused some flooding near the shoreline in Duluth. So the city of Duluth is temporarily closing some areas in town, because of standing water. The city does not want people to come down and look at the waves in Canal Park, as there are safety concerns.

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On Wednesday afternoon, the city said S. Lake Avenue and Canal Park Drive are closed below Buchanan Street. And beyond that is only accessible to residents of Park Point and those who have businesses in the area.

Waves are expected to increase into the evening, which could make water levels too deep for vehicles.

Earlier Wednesday, public works crews were out trying to keep the catch basins free from debris, so the water could flow down into the storm drains.

Parking lots were turning into ponds, and some of the roadways were covered with water by mid-morning.

Tourists like Vickie and Garry Prussman were in awe of the lake. "We saw some of the waves up the shore, and now we've come down here to see," Vickie told us. "It's an adventure. Life's an adventure," Garry added.

Megan Veeder is a UMD student who came down with a friend. "It's the biggest storm I've seen since I've been here," she shared.

Debris had been kicked up on the Lakewalk. People were venturing out with cameras to capture the ferociousness of the waves. 

Dale Sola, who co-owns the South Pier Inn on Park Point, was out trying to secure his boat. "This is about how high the water has ever been. I've been down here 60 years now. I've seen lots of storms come and go. It's always exciting as long as you don't have too much damage." The boat had a few dents, but he figures it will survive the storm.

He said the guests love the storms. "If we could predict those, we'd be booked in minutes for those days," he said.

A portion of Minnesota Avenue at 8th Street was closed off, because the waves were washing the road away. City managers were out assessing the damage.

The National Weather Service has issued a Storm Warning for the western portion of Lake Superior until 4 PM Wednesday afternoon. Sustained winds of 30 to 40 knots and waves of 16 to 20 feet are possible. 

Areas in Duluth included in the temporary closures are:

1) Canal Park Drive and S. Lake Avenue at Buchanan Street. (unless you live on Park Point)
2) Lighthouse parking lot by the maritime museum.
3) Harbor Drive behind the DECC
4) Brighton Beach

Also, the Lakewalk trail behind the Canal Park hotels may be partially inaccessible due to debris, so the city is urging people to use caution.

City staff are working hard to ensure safe public access to these and other impacted areas. As a safety precaution, the City does not advise the public to venture down to the lakeshore or into the closed areas. Several live webcams are set up around the City for safe online viewing.    

http://www.duluthharborcam.com/
 

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