Update on Flooding

By KBJR News 1

Update on Flooding

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

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The City of Duluth and its local partners are working to monitor and coordinate efforts. Mayor Don Ness has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Duluth.

• Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth has evacuated 80 homes, 250 residents and two campgrounds.
• Thomson evacuated 40 residents.

Evacuation Sites
• Copper Top Church, Duluth has 30 evacuees
• Carlton High School, Carlton has 40 evacuees
The Red Cross is staffing evacuation sites where residents can receive food and take shelter from the storms.
The Salvation Army is providing meals.

Emergency Declarations
• State of Minnesota
• Carlton County
• City of Duluth

Air Travel
The Duluth airport is open.

Post Offices
Three post offices in Duluth are closed
• Civic Center Station
• Lakeside Station
• Miller Hill Station

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

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 closed
• Hill Annex Mine State Park where tours are cancelled for Thursday 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.

All state offices in the city of Duluth will be closed until the end of the business day. Employees and the public are asked to monitor www.bereadymn.com

Current road closures include:
London Road at 43rd Street
Interstate 35 between Carlton and Mahtowa
I-35 from Central Avenue to 26th Avenue East/London Road in Duluth
Hwy 2 from I-35 to Boundary Avenue (downbound only) in Proctor
Hwy 2 from the Iron Horse Bar and Grill to the golf course
Hwy 23 south of Duluth
Hwy 23 in Fond Du Lac
Hwy 33 in Cloquet
Hwy 33 at milepost 9 near Independence
Hwy 53 near Miller Hill Mall in Duluth

Hwy 61 at Knife River
Hwy 200 between Hwy 2 and Hwy 65
Hwy 210 completely closed through Jay Cooke State Park
Hwy 73 closed at four locations --- reference posts 31.5, 46.3, and 47.4
Hwy 65 from reference posts 107 to 112.6, closed under two feet of water
Hwy 2 between 220.7 through 232.0 completely closed

Travel is not advised due to flooding until conditions improve and MnDOT crews can make progress to recover roadways.

For updated information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.