$1 Million Flood Relief Goal Announced

By KBJR News 1

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- As roads and sink holes continue to get fixed following the flood of the century, it's the private homeowners who are still struggling to rebuild their lives.

To help ensure property owners affected by the flood receive long–term help, the United Way of Greater Duluth has set up a flood relief fund.

LeAnn Wallace has more.

The United Way along with city and state officials have announced a $1 million dollar fundraising goal. And with the public's help, they want to reach that goal by the end of July.

While state and federal funds are most likely on their way, that help can only go so far. Officials say this flood relief fund will help bridge that gap.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness said the failure of the public infrastructure, roads, and sink holes were highly visible to the public and are in the midst of getting fixed, but it's the private homeowners who will need long term help to recover.

The funds would go to help people like Luanne Olson of Duluth, whose house has been deemed unsafe to live in following the floods.

"We had three inches of water in our living room, kitchen, and dining room. And then of course the wall caved in the next day."

"It's people like Luanne in our community who are struggling with the after affects of this terrible storm, that's where our attention needs to be." said Mayor Ness.

The funds would be allocated to all parts of our region, from Superior to Aitkin County.

To date, the fund has generated just over $65,000. But a lot more will be needed as people try to rebuild their lives and homes.

You can donate here: www.2012FloodRelief.org.