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Lake Superior storm surge caused Duluth $18.4M in damage

Giant waves battered the city's shoreline, damaging public walkways and parks.

The storm surge that battered Duluth's shoreline earlier this month has caused the city more than $18 million of damage.

Mayor Emily Larson revealed the total cost of the damage on Friday, saying the St. Louis County board will have to make an emergency declaration as part of an appeal for federal aid.

Waves of up to 20 feet were reported on Lake Superior as 65-winds whipped up the waters, bringing a surge crashing into the Twin Ports' coastline.

Most of the damage was inflicted on the Lakewalk Trail walkway that straddles the shoreline, with the section between the canal and Leif Erikson Park worst hit.

The trail was already awaiting restoration work after sustaining $10 million damage caused by two storms in 2017, and was further damaged in the Oct. 10 storm.

Other damaged parts of the city include a section of seawall by the slip bridge, sidewalk behind the DECC Arena, missing revetment along the shoreline, the 12th Street beach access boardwalk, Brighton Beach, the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad line, and a walking trail behind The Ledges residential units.

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The city has already been working to restore public access to the damaged areas, and plans to open a temporary path on the Lakewalk Trail in Canal Park by the end of the week.

A temporary path will also be put in place behind the DECC and restore vehicle access to Brighton Beach.

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