MARQUETTE– On October 16th, Lake Shore Boulevard was closed immediately to through traffic due the high wave activity.
The Marquette Public Works Office took action on the morning of October 16th as wind speeds picked up along with the size of waves, which caused main roads to flood. “Road closed” and “Detour” signs were placed in certain places to show people where they can and cannot drive.
“The road is starting to flood out in areas between Wright Street and Holly,” said Scott Cambensy, Director of Public Works. “It’s carrying rocks and some other debris up over the road in that section from fair to pine, we are actually getting erosion of the sand bank. We’re starting to lose some of the trees. That’s more of the same but its further down and creating new problems.”
The waves are at a size that now they’re are damaging the beach, causing trees to fall and flooding in other areas
“Quite a bit of high wave activity on Lake Superior,” said Keith White, Meteorologist at the Weather Center in Marquette. “Observed the waves at the buoy, just North of Grand Marais and they were high as 13 feet. A little bit lower on North of Grand Island about six to eight feet. Those waves are leading to minor lake shore flooding concerns. Erosion and roads right along the lake shore maybe impacted as well.
The roads will be closed until the waves and wind calm down but will be closed again once winter starts freezing the water