Lincoln Park Residents Suffer Major Damage to Homes

By KBJR News 1

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 1:52 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The unprecedented flooding in the Duluth area has caused hardships for many in the Northland.
The Lincoln Park Neighborhood was hit particularly hard.

"[In] eight years I've never seen anything like this," said resident Alisha Barnes, "It's just a hard pill to swallow. For me and all of my neighbors."

What were backyards, now look like lakes. Feet of water cover many areas of the neighborhood.

"The trigger went off when I went down to my basement and I saw water all the way to the top and I actually saw my washer and dryer floating downstairs," said Barnes.

Lincoln Park resident, Susie Makitalo, says that the water rose feet in her backyard within hours,

"I got home probably about 3:30 p.m. and came home to this [the flooding]," said Makitalo, "[It's] gone down. Not much."

The damage to the homes seems incomprehensible and many neighbors are worried about who will pay for it all.

"Biggest concern is about all the people who are losing everything," said Barnes, "How are we going to recover from this? What are we going to do? You know?"

Right now it seems the only thing keeping hope afloat, is optimism.

"Houses can be replaced, lives can't be," said Makitalo.

Several Lincoln Park residents expressed concern about their neighbors who don't have renter's insurance. They say many in the neighborhood are worried about being able to pay for repairs to their damaged homes.