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Duluth surveys damage after huge waves slammed its shoreline

Waves up to 20 feet tall were reported on Lake Superior Wednesday.

Conditions are much calmer on Thursday in Duluth as the city recovers from strong winds that sent huge waves crashing into its shoreline on Wednesday.

Trees were uprooted, land eroded and debris was strewn all over areas of the Twin Ports as a surging Lake Superior hammered the coast.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that areas that saw the most damage include Brighton Beach, parts of Canal Park, and the Lakewalk, which was still in the process of being repaired after damage suffered in a storm last year.

A supervisor overseeing the Lakewalk repairs told WDIO that the public walkway along Lake Superior lost "a lot of land," with damage particularly severe behind the Fitger's Brewery complex.

The city warned residents that crews are out cleaning the rocks and other debris left strewn over public land, and to give them time to do the work and reopen the areas.

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The public is warned to stay away from any areas that are still flooded, as there may be open manholes hidden beneath the water.

Meanwhile, videos of the tremendous power of the waves seen on the lake on Wednesday have been shared widely on social media.

Check out the footage posted by Dennis O'Hara, of DuluthHarborCam.com.

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