Relief efforts were underway across Carlton County Saturday to assist the more than 750 Carlton County households affected by flooding this week. A volunteer and donation center opened at the Cloquet National Guard Armory.
According to the Carlton County Emergency Operations Center, more roads were opened across the county though some areas remained inaccessible. Highway 73 was opened north and south of Cromwell.
Teams from the Carlton County Assessor’s Office plan to hit the ground on Monday to complete emergency assessments of households damaged in the disaster areas.
A preliminary count of homes within flooded areas showed that 774 homes had flooding to some degree. The flooding had impacts in nearly every one of Carlton County’s 24 townships.
More detailed estimates of damage will be available over the next week. Carlton County officials are scheduled to meet with a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) field team on Thursday.
Efforts to get more volunteers and donations, and match those to those in need, began in earnest on Saturday.
The Carlton County Volunteer and Donation Center’s phone number is (218) 384-1112.
The goal is to act as a clearinghouse for all kinds of volunteers and donations. They are in need of a wide range of skills and donations. Both indoor and outdoor volunteers are needed with people who can help answer phones, do data entry, handle the intake of donations, lift heavy items and those who can help people remove debris from their homes.
Residents need just call the center to offer or request help.
All volunteers must be registered through this center, which will be operated by Volunteer Services of Carlton County. People can call with donations or bring donations to the center starting Sunday morning.
General Street/City Updates for Carlton County:
City of Barnum:
-The Front Street/County 61 bridge is CLOSED due to damages and will remain so for some time. It is impassable.
-The majority of streets in Barnum are clear for traffic.
-County Road 6 going west to Kettle River is open.
-Main Street is open all the way through to I‐35 going southbound.
City of Carlton
-Residents who were evacuated were allowed to return home on Friday.
-All roads within the city of Carlton are open.
City of Thomson and Jay Cooke State Park
-Parts of City of Thompson are open to City of Thompson residents only.
-Jay Cooke State Park is closed.
-Highway 210 is impassable and closed from both entrances of Jay Cooke State Park.
Thomson Township – Esko
-Many roads remain closed.
-Crews are working to restore roadways.
-Local residents looking for assistance should check with the Esko Fire Hall.
City of Moose Lake
-Arrowhead Lane bridge is open
-Any streets downtown in the flood affected-area remain closed.
City of Cromwell
-Hwy 73 north and south of Cromwell to the county line has reopened.
-All other areas are accessible.
City of Wright
-Water in some areas, but vehicles are able to move around town.