'Powerful and Beautiful': A Look at the Aftermath of April Snowstorm in Duluth

Created: April 16, 2018 10:53 PM

This weekend’s winter storm dropped more than a foot of snow across parts the Northland, but the buildup of ice brought many to Canal Park during its height and after it departed.

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The spray from the crashing waves kicked up along the shoreline of Lake Superior left a glaze on anything and everything it reached bringing out the awe in many there,

Pat Swenson has been living in Duluth her whole life and she said she hasn’t seen ice that thick.

"I love to come down here when it is stormy, just to see the power of this body of water is just incredible,” said Swenson.

Cora Vandewege and Rebecca Ebbers are students at UMD. The pair spent the Monday afternoon walking along the shoreline in Canal Park.

"It's just breathtaking how powerful and how beautiful it is at the same time. We were just saying how powerful and how cool Mother Nature is, and how in two days this is completely different,” said VanDewege.

The ice has created a brain-freeze for city officials, hindering their ability to begin repairing the popular tourist area in Canal Park.

A city representative says there is damage to the Lakewalk, but because of the layers of ice they need warmer temperatures to better assess what needs to be done.

"I guess I'm going to be curious once the ice melts, what kind of damage has been done. I think it's kind of hard to tell right now because there is such incredible ice buildup,” said Swenson.

After the latest bout ocean-like waves, the Lakewalk is closed near Fitger’s because the rocks were pulled into the water, creating a potentially dangerous situation for pedestrians.

"The shrubs next to the hotel we're all iced over, but the buildings seemed like they were pretty well intact and not too damaged. It was interesting to see the boardwalk and the lakewalk completely torn away,” said Ebbers.

Where the path is open, folks took advantage of some unique photo opportunities.

"I work over at Canal Park Brewery and I was working the other night when the waves were coming in insanely. I had to stop and take pictures,” said Ebbers.

Despite the scenery, many people are looking forward to warmer temperatures and are hopeful for melting in the days ahead.

"If this were in November, it would be really cool. Now, we need spring,” said Swenson.

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