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City estimates $18.4 million in storm damage

A wave dashes itself into spray against the north pier lighthouse at the Duluth harbor entry Oct. 10. (file / News Tribune)

Last week’s storm caused $18.4 million in damage, according to the City of Duluth.

Now the City is seeking emergency aid from both the Minnesota Homeland Security Emergency Management department and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Wind gusts of 50 mph swept across the Northland on Oct. 10 as the strong fall storm

brought large waves and flooding along Lake Superior's shore, battering the Lakewalk Trail.

“The City appreciates the St. Louis County Board’s partnership as we look towards recovery and restoring these valuable public assets. We are fully committed to not only restoring these assets back to their original state but to ensure that they are rebuilt to resiliency standards to withstand future storms,” said Keith Hamre, the City’s acting chief administrative officer.

The city’s estimate includes the Lakewalk Trail from the canal to Leif Erikson Park and missing retaining walls along the shoreline, a section of the seawall by the Minnesota Slip Bridge, the sidewalk behind the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, the 12th Street beach access boardwalk, Brighton Beach, the pedestrian trail located behind the Ledges residential units, the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad rail line and eroded shoreline behind the Lakewood Water Treatment Plant.

The City will finish temporary replacements for the Lakewalk, DECC sidewalk and Brighton Beach road next week.

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