Parts of Canal Park and Park Point saw flooding from the storm that hit the area last Friday, Oct. 27. The same storm caused major damage to the Lakewalk and Brighton Beach in Duluth, and elsewhere around western Lake Superior.
By coincidence, the News Tribune included a (long-planned) DNT Extra special section in Sunday’s paper that was all about weather and storms in the region.
The photo above was included in that section — it’s from a blizzard that hit the Northland in March 1975. Note the sign for the Sandbar, at left, and the Jeno’s logo on the Paulucci building at right. There’s also a “drive carefully” sign on the Lift Bridge. The “ambulance” is unlike any I’ve seen before, past or present — but it does clearly say “Gold Cross” on the side, and has lights and sirens — do any of you have insight on that?
Back to the storm – here’s a brief description of the March 1975 blizzard:
March 23-25, 1975: A blizzard dropped more than a foot of snow and brought winds that reportedly gusted to 100 mph in Duluth, the Weather Service reported. Huge waves on Lake Superior sent debris into Canal Park, including into first-floor rooms of what was then a Holiday Inn along the shore. Interstate 35 was closed between Duluth and the Twin Cities, and waves damaged the Two Harbors municipal water plant. Another blizzard brought 12-plus inches of snow to Duluth days later — and all of that followed another blizzard that in January had dropped close to two feet of snow to parts of the Northland.
And here’s another photo from the aftermath of that storm, from along Interstate 35:
There are more photos in the News Tribune files of damage from that storm, including damage to what was then a Holiday Inn in Canal Park (now the site of Canal Park Lodge). Perhaps we’ll include those in a future post.
If you don’t subscribe to the paper, the DNT Extra on Northland weather is available for sale at the News Tribune office for $4; it’s well worth a read.
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