Duluth declares unprecedented flood ‘emergency’ as rain pounds area
Flash-flood warnings in the Duluth and North Shore areas have been extended until 10:30 p.m., the National Weather Service in Duluth said.
Another inch or more of rain is possible today.
Flooding already has caused massive damage in Duluth and surrounding areas, with roads crumbling, homes and businesses flooded, and zoo animals drowned.
Mayor Don Ness declared a state of emergency in the city of Duluth, citing “significant damage, debris and popped manholes.”
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he will visit Duluth on Thursday to assess the flood damage.
“This morning my thoughts are with our friends and neighbors in Duluth and the surrounding region, as they respond to major flooding,” Dayton said in a statement. “I have spoken to Duluth Mayor Don Ness and have offered all possible state assistance now and during the recovery.”
On his Facebook page, Ness advised residents who live in a low area near the river to seek higher ground. He noted that crews are out in force and will be aided by people staying off the roads.
“We have a coordinated response with city, county, State Patrol, Coast Guard, Red Cross, and the feds ready to help,” Ness wrote. “I’ve been very impressed with the coordinated effort to this point. Thank you to the leaders from across the state offering their help and support. There is another band of rain on our way, so it is likely to get worse before it gets better.”