Video: Park Point Neighborhood's Growing Concern with Each Storm
Dec 31, 2019 06:37AM
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The recent storm marks the third in three months to cause lake shore flooding and erosion for Park Point residents. Photo: WDIO-TV
From WDIO-TV - December 31, 2019
When waves started to build during the weekend storm, nerves started to build for Park Point residents.
”I was worried,” resident Tracey Tellor said. Fortunately, Tellor lives on the Harbor side of Park Point, and the winds didn’t hold direction long enough for flooding to reach her home and add additional flooding to top off this unusually active season.
Tellor said, “The first year I lived here, there was no water, I never noticed any. The second year, with the storms, I got water once. Last year, I got it twice, and so far this year, I’ve had it three times, so it’s increasing.”
The recent storm marks the third in three months to cause lake shore flooding and erosion for Park Point residents.
Joel Johnson owns a number of businesses near the Harbor on Park Point. “We’ve been here since 1959,” Johnson said, “We’ve seen low water, we’ve seen high water, we’ve seen it all.”
Johnson’s docks suffered damage from ice with this last storm, but flooding doesn’t tend to be a concern for his businesses. “We’re just a hair above flood range, so we don’t have to worry about that so far. We’re hoping that the lake drops a little bit,” Johnson said.
With continuing near record lake levels, each wind event poses further erosion concerns for Johnson’s Lakeside Park Point neighbors. Johnson said, “On certain days, they’ll have coffee with us and come down and talk about their basements being flooded, or the lakeshore going another two feet away, and some trees along the lakeshore ready to fall into the water.”
Tellor said that some of her neighbors have lived on Park Point their whole lives and dealt with everything that has come their way in that time, but other neighbors are growing concerned with the number of flooding and erosion events they’ve had recently. Tellor said, “I did hear some people with great concern say things like, ‘I’m done with this. This isn’t what I signed up for.’”
The City of Duluth told WDIO they plan to assess lakeshore damage Monday evening. We will update as their report comes in.
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