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Duluth estimates $18.4 million in storm damage along Lake Superior

- Waves on Lake Superior at Brighton Beach crash over the road during last week's storm in Duluth. Clint Austin / Forum News Service

DULUTH, Minn.—Last week's storm caused $18.4 million in damage along Lake Superior, according to Duluth city officials.

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 northeast Minnesota on Oct. 10 as the strong fall storm brought large waves and flooding along Lake Superior's shore, battering the Lakewalk trail system in Duluth.

"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, Duluth's acting chief administrative officer.

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

The last major storm in Duluth, which was nearly a year ago, caused more than $3.5 million in damages to the Lakewalk trail system and Brighton Beach area.

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