Wading Through the Flood Waters of '72

By KBJR News 1

August 21, 2012 Updated Aug 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - For Ken Taylor, the flood of 1972 is all but a blip in his mind. He was just a teenager when rain drop after rain drop lead to one big mess.

"It was very, very wet." Taylor said. "It was kind of cool at the time for a 14-year-old to see the flood, puddles, and all the rivers flowing"

Now 54-years-old, Taylor is a computer artist at Stewart Taylor Printing, the company behind a 1973 calendar featuring picture after picture of the two major floods of '72.

The calendar was a hot buy during the following year.

"I sold them door to door in my neighborhood," Taylor said. "Everyone I sold I got 35 cents.

Jim Olson, the owner of Stewart Taylor, was also 14-years-old that year.

"I remember touring downtown on the hillside with my dad and there was a lot of damage and there was a lot of damage this year," he said.

The similarities are striking if you compare the scenes of '72 flood and this year's flood. Caved in roads, politicians touring devastated neighborhoods and canoes and kayaks were the main modes of transportation.

"It's surprising how many of the same places got hit," Olson said.

The owner of Stewart Taylor Printing say they plan on producing a new calendar featuring photos of the 2012 flood. They say they will donate some of the proceeds of their sales. No word yet on when the calendar will be available.

Kevin Jacobsen
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