Lake Michigan Towns Assess Halloween Storm Damage

WHITING, Ind. (AP) _ Communities along Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline are surveying storm damage and beginning cleanup work following a Halloween storm that battered the coastline with high winds and punishing waves.
 
Friday's storm uprooted 14 trees at Whiting Lakefront Park, while waves swept 1,000-pound rocks into the lake and buckled the park's concrete boardwalk.
 
Whiting Mayor Joseph Stahura tells The Times of Munster the 14 trees uprooted by the storm were far more than the two or three trees damaged by previous storms.
 
Officials at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Indiana Dunes State Park say Friday's storm caused minor damage and erosion along the shoreline.
 
Ogden Dunes Town Marshal James Reeder says the storm left the beach in the town about 10 miles east of Gary mostly stripped of sand.