State Agencies Listen to Flood Concerns

By KBJR News 1

July 6, 2012 Updated Jul 6, 2012 at 6:13 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Three Disaster Centers are open to help individuals and businesses locate resources after the flood of the century.
In Willow River, Barnum, and Duluth state agencies are here to help through July 9th.

People are still struggling with flood damage and that's why people are here at the DECC. State agencies have booths set up for all sorts of flood relief programs and everybody that has a story to tell is encouraged to stop by.

Vanissa Turette is still dealing with the flood of the century.

"We can't take showers, we can't wash our dishes; we have no washer and dryer now," said Turette.

That's why she is at the DECC.

"I lost, not the structure of the home, but the other stuff 30 to 40 thousand dollars in damage."

"It's very difficult to track down information from agency to agency, it makes a lot of phone calls, if their all here it's a one stop shop," said Bruce Gordon, Communication Director for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Almost every Minnesota state agency is set up to hear all things flood related.

"Instead of having to track down 15 different agencies, you can find out the answers to your questions right here in one spot," said Gordon.

Questions ranging from indoor air quality to housing issues, to emotional distress.

"We want to get people information, get them the support they need and sometimes that's very overwhelming and we are there to give that type of support," said Jonathon Bundt who works with the Medical Reserve Corp.

Support is desperately needed when some Northlanders lost everything.

"There were a lot of pictures of when my kids were babies and all of there baby stuff like their outfits and everything was all covered in mud and doused," said Turette.

These Disaster Centers are also located in Willow River and Barnum until Monday. They start up at nine in the morning and run till three.

There will be free rides to the Barnum High School. To arrange a ride call 218-461-7354.

Zach Vavricka

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