Another October storm has passed, but it will be months before the destruction is cleaned up.
And while the city assesses and comes up with a course of action, the lake, and the path of destruction is the talk of the town.
A day after the storms, with sunshine in the sky, and a cool breeze nipping the air, it’s a perfect day to take in Lake Superior.
“The lake is so calm, and just these small waves lapping up against the shore. It’s just beautiful,” said Jayla Grove, who is in Duluth for the weekend from Minneapolis.
Lake Superior might be one of the only places on earth where “beautiful” applies on its tranquil days and on the angry ones.
“I think it’s beautiful. I think it’s more she’s dancing than she’s being angry. It’s just amazing what nature can do,” said Duluth resident Jamie Quade, describing the October 10th storm.
While the power of Lake Superior can be quite stunning at times, the damage it can leave behind is unquestionable.
Much of the Lakewalk is totally destroyed. There’s washout underneath portions of the bike trail that runs along the Lakewalk, In some areas, it’s about three feet tall, six feet deep, and no less than 100 feet wide
“The boardwalk is pretty much destroyed. There’s not a whole lot left of it to be honest. It looks pretty beat up out here,” said Brandon Soular, who was combing the shores looking for rocks that might have washed up on shore.
“It’s crazy. I just love seeing all the rocks pushed up. But at the same time, it’s sad seeing all the damage to the boardwalk,” said Quade. She was out looking for any agates the 25-foot waves may have washed ashore.
For the third time in just one year, Duluth has seen this type of destruction as a result of bad Nor’easter.
“It’s been an epic this year. I haven’t seen storms like this, I don’t know if ever. Especially this bad, this many times in a year,” said Tyrone Quade, Jamie’s husband.
And as people tip-toe the shoreline, taking in the sites of the damage left behind, the damage is impossible to miss.
“I’ve been out here a few times, never before, during or after a storm. So, it’s definitely a new experience to have seen one of the winter gales,” said Soular.
“I was born and raised here, and it’s just amazing when she starts picking up,” said Tyrone. “It never loses its luster, that’s for sure,” he said.
City Officials tell us they have begun assessing the damage, still early on, it remains unclear what the price tag associated with the third storm like this in a year will be.
If history is any indicator, it will be in the millions.