Flood Leaves Mark on Duluth

By KBJR News 1

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 1:53 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Duluth's streets, roads, parks and homes are scarred from debris and sinkholes in the wake of the historic flood.

One house in West Duluth got the worst of it. Water came rushing down from a road behind the house, paired with this ATV trail to create a giant sinkhole. It's one of many place effected by the unprecedented flood.

"As long as nobody was hurt and a plow was the only thing lost I think everybody I grateful. It could have been a lot worse."

Cal Jasper didn't hear his backyard transform in minutes.

"It being soft and everything for the soil and all of that, everything just kind of slid."

The flood left his home without power, water, or electricity.

"The transformer ended up in this hole from the power line, light and power," said Jasper, examining the damage.

Sink holes like Jasper's have plagued Duluth. At Chester Park, the landscape has transformed.

"This is the new reality, now this is what we have to work with," said Thom Storm with Chester Park.

The park has a long list of problems, two bridges destroyed, rocks everywhere, a landslide by the jumps, and more washed out roads, but they have hope.

"I'm very optimistic. I hope the city of Duluth gets federal disaster money because that will make a big difference in getting things done fast," said Storm.

Same with Jasper.

"You have to take the good with bad."

He even wants the City to prioritize other broken roads, before working on this caved in yard.

On Monday, there will be a clean up project at Chester Park...anybody that wants to help clear the trails of debris is encouraged to go at 7:00.

Zach Vavricka

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