Moose Lake Swept by Floods

By KBJR News 1

Horse Ranch near Esko

July 2, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 7:35 PM CDT

ST PAUL — Flooding has impacted the Moose Lake sewage system, and city officials are developing plans in the case evacuation becomes necessary for patients at the Mercy Hospital and Augustana Mercy Health Care Center.

Prisoners at the Moose Lake state correctional facility and patients at the Moose Lake treatment facility will shelter in-place in the case evacuation becomes necessary.

Officials are bringing in showers and restroom facilities.

Officials are reminding residents in any of the affected areas to contact their county emergency management officials with questions or requests for assistance.

Authorities in Willow River in Pine County are evacuating residents.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reporting three new road closures on Highway 73.

I-35 from Carlton and Mahtowa is now OPEN.

- Two hundred residents of the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth remain displaced.
- Forty residents in the Thomson area are displaced.
- Twenty-five households from Willow River were evacuated.

The Red Cross reports 185 residents took shelter Wednesday night.

The Salvation Army is providing meals.

A work crew of 18 offenders and two staff from the Willow River Challenge Incarceration Program are sandbagging in Moose Lake at the request of the city.

The DNR reports there are two groups of campers stranded at Savanna Portage State Park.

The seven campers are in contact with park staff and have food and supplies.

The DNR has closed the following state parks at least through the weekend
- Jay Cooke
- Savanna Portage
- Campground at Moose Lake.

• Currently conducting evacuations in Rutledge/Willow River/Sturgeon Lake area.
• All DNR shallow water boats being readied and deployed in response to requests.
• Ten DNR conservation officers and one DNR helicopter pilot have been deployed.
• Resources requested: DNR helicopter with pilot and one conservation officer for video recording; air boat and Pro Drive jet boat; two tunnel boats, ATVs, regular boats and pickup trucks — all local Duluth resources.
• Road closure barricades and signs for closing Jay Cooke State Park have been loaned to DNR by the City of Grand Rapids.
• Currently surveying damage to DNR facilities, trails, and roads to ensure public safety.
• Inspecting Moose Lake Fish Pier overnight and coordinating with DNR Parks & Trails to prevent bridge damage.
• Currently 16 DNR conservation officers on duty in Carlton/Duluth and North Shore areas including 2 officers with airboats from and enforcement helicopter.

Other temporary closures include:

- The Willard Munger State Trail from Carlton to Duluth is closed until further notice due to washouts.
- Cuyuna County State Recreation Area, where the mountain bike trails and Miner’s Mountain Road are, are closed.
- Hill Annex Mine State Park, where tours are, are cancelled for today and questionable for the weekend.

For updates on the status of these and other parks and trails visit www.mndnr.gov or call the DNR information Center at 651-296-6157.

MnDOT is relocating employees and resources from across Minnesota to help with flood response.

New Road Closure
The I-35 exit ramp to Moose Lake is closed.

Updated Road Openings
• I-35 between Hwy 210 and Mahtowa — both southbound and northbound lanes now open
• Hwy. 2 from Iron Horse Bar and Grill to the golf course
• Hwy. 200 between Hwy 2 and Hwy 65 — opening at 6 p.m.

Continued Road Closures
• Hwy. 2 from Floodwood to Brookston
• Hwy. 2 from I-35 to Boundary Avenue in Proctor—temporary road project now permanent road closure due to flooding
• Hwy. 23 from Hwy 39 in New Gary Duluth to just south of the St. Louis River in Fond Du Lac, completely closed evacuating the community.
• Hwy. 33 at milepost 9 near Independence
• Hwy. 61 at Knife River, detour in place
• Hwy. 65 eight miles south of McGregor, under two feet of water, detour in place.
• Hwy. 73 west of Moose Lake
• Hwy. 73 north of Cromwell
• Hwy. 73 at County Rd. 61 at south end of Moose Lake
• Hwy. 73 and 27, west of Moose Lake at the exit, closed, under water
• Hwy. 73 north of Floodwood
• Hwy. 210 from Carlton to Duluth (through Jay Cooke State Park)
• Hwy. 210 four miles east of McGregor, detour in place