Carlton County Residents Flood The Lot For Flood Relief

By KBJR News 1

July 15, 2012 Updated Jul 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM CDT

Cloquet, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
During the Great Flood of June, Carlton County in Minnesota was among the hardest hit.
Over two hundred million dollars worth of property was soaked.

On Sunday, Cloquet mayor Bruce Ahlgren got soaked to help people recover from the flood.
He's been drenched like this before.

"Well, actually, I've been doing this for almost thirty years coming into the dunk tank. I've been on the school board for twelve year and mayor for thirteen and so they've always asked me to jump in." said Ahlgren.

The mayor was going underwater as part of a fund raiser in the parking lot of The Jack Bar in Cloquet.
Even though FEMA is providing aid to flood victims, the bar's owners feel citizens need to help, too.

"Well, the government can't totally help everybody so the community has to help and give back." said Jan Bailey of The Jack.

Music, food and games galore were part of the "Flood the Lot" fund raiser.
The most popular game, of course, was dunk the mayor.

"It's all in fun, you know. Maybe some people dunk you on purpose but it's all good." said the mayor.

The organizers of the fundraiser are trying to pull in twenty thousand dollars.
They admit that's just a drop in the bucket compared to two hundred million dollars and more in damages.
But, it will hopefully start a wave of caring that grows.

"I figure if everybody can help and do something like this then it is going to grow and grow and so I think it will help." said Bailey.

In Cloquet, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

The money will be donated to Carlton County Volunteer Services.
If you missed today's event but still want to donate, stop by The Jack Bar on Cloquet Avenue.
You can also donate to the United Way's long term recovery fund.