ASHTABULA — City officials are assessing the damage at Walnut Beach after a powerful weekend storm brought high winds and waves.
High waves on Lake Erie overtopped the seawall and flooded the beach.
“At Walnut Beach, the water was up to the playground,” City Manager Jim Timonere said at Monday night’s City Council meeting.
Residents in the area say they’ve never seen a storm like the one that hit the region Saturday and Sunday. Waves were estimated to be between 12 and 16 feet as they crashed onto the shoreline and beyond.
“This is the worst I have seen,” said resident John Davis. “We’ve lived here for a number of years.”
Tuesday morning, two days after the storm, water still pooled north of the playground. Driftwood and other debris littered the beach.
A large tree at the southeast corner of Walnut Boulevard and Lake Avenue was blown down by the storm.
The weather hadn’t significantly improved Tuesday morning as rain and snow showers pelted the area. Highs only reached the mid-40s.