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City of Gary Sanitary District worker Mike Headen sits on the bumper of a payloader as he waits for it to be towed Tuesday at Lake Street Beach. The payloader got stuck in the sand as it was clearing debris from the beach.
A small boat was one of the many items that washed up on Lake Street Beach as a result of Saturday's weather.
City of Gary Sanitary District worker Clarence Carter, seated in a truck, keeps an eye on a backhoe as it drops logs into the the trailer to be transported away on Tuesday at Gary's Lake Street Beach.
A backhoe loads logs collected from Lake Street Beach into a truck on Tuesday. City of Gary Sanitary District workers cleared debris from the beach that had washed ashore during Saturday's weather.
Tire tread marks from heavy machinery are seen in the sand at Lake Street Beach on Tuesday. City of Gary Sanitary District workers cleared debris that had washed on the beach from Saturday's weather.
A beer can is seen in the debris Tuesday scattered across Gary's Lake Street Beach.
Logs were collected by City of Gary Sanitary District workers from Lake Street Beach on Tuesday to be transported away.
A pallet is one of many debris items seen Tuesday at Gary's Lake Street Beach.
One backhoe used by the City of Gary Sanitary District had to be towed out of Lake Street Beach after it got stuck in the sand while helping clear debris.
GARY — City sanitation district and parks employees operated heavy machinery and trucks on Tuesday to clear debris from Lake Street Beach that had washed ashore as a result of Lake Michigan's intense conditions Saturday.
Backhoes and payloaders gathered large logs scattered across the sand and piled them up to be transported away in truck trailers. Dirt, weeds and other garbage that had piled together were also a part of the cleanup. Even a small boat was among the flotsam and jetsam.
The work didn't come without struggles. Larger logs had to be broken apart to fit in the truck trailers. One payloader got stuck in the sand as it assisted in the pickup. A pair of trucks from Double T Towing came in the early afternoon to help retrieve the heavy equipment.
"We think the water came from the lake as far as 200 yards up into the parking lot," City of Gary communications director Michael Gonzalez said. "I think what we have here is another demonstration of why we need a really sensible policy from the state of Indiana on how do we address sand erosion? We need our state officials to see this kind of damage and see how they can work together to address it."
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