2012 Northland Flood

  • Flooding Across the Northland

    Monday, Jul 2 at 1:56 PM

    On Tuesday, the Northland has seen copious amounts of rainfall as band after band of rain continued to pummel the area. Plus we are not of the rain yet. The warm front of an associated low in South Dakota has convection occurring to the west of our region. Stalling over us allowing for wave after wave dropping inches of rain on an already saturated region. As they move slowly westward, rainfall could be as much as 3-4 inches an hour in some cases. Severe weather potential is still possible with high winds, hail, and even an isolated tornado. The several inches of rainfall the Northland has already seen plus the additional rain expected in the next bands of storms over the evening and into tomorrow puts the entire region at risk for flooding. Already now the Iron Range has seen between 4-6 inches of rain while Duluth and the North Shore have seen 2-4 inches. Some rain totals that have come in over the past couple hours include Duluth (3.28"), Silver Bay (2.27"), Two Harbors (4.82" between 4:45pm-10:30pm!), Iron Junction (3"), Hibbing (2.25"), and Floodwood (4.68"). Highway 61 also has reports of flooding along stretches to which prompted closure going north from Duluth to Two Harbors. Flooding is a dangerous situation to be caught in. If you see any roadways covered in water, notify emergency management and turn around to find an alternate route. 2 inches of standing water carries a current that can sweep a person in an instant, and 6 inches of moving water can even sweep a car. In any event, turn around and find another way to get where you are going. Heavy amounts of rainfall are expected to fall with each storm band. If motorists do venture out be safe and be smart in your decision. A couple inches of water can be dangerous and put your life at risk. Avoid water covered roads and stay alert to Northland's NewsCenter as we bring you the latest information.

  • Three Duluth Postal Stations close due to massive flooding

    Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Three Duluth postal stations have been closed due to massive flooding.

  • DTA Routes Affected by Storms

    Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Due to flooding in Duluth, the DTA has been forced to detour or close some of its services.

  • Governor Dayton's Statement on Flooding in NE Minn.

    Governor Dayton released the following this morning on the flooding in Duluth.

  • Hermantown Declares State of Emergency

    Hermantown, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Hermantown has declared a state of emergency and are advising residents to not travel on the roads.

  • Esko Inaccessible

    Esko, MN (Northlands Newscenter) Adding to the flooding problems around the Northland due to excessive rain. All roads in and out of Esko except N.

  • Flood Health Concerns

    Residents hit by flooding can take steps to safeguard their health, state health officials said.

  • State of Emergency Declared for Douglas County

    Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A state of emergency has been declared for Douglas County in Wisconsin.

  • Proctor: State of Emergency

    Proctor, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Mayor Dave Brenna has declared a state of emergency for the city of Proctor.

  • Sewer Overflows at WLSSD Sewer System

    Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Intense prolonged rains have caused sewer overflows in the (WLSSD) sewer system.