WLSSD Receives Over $2 Million in FEMA Aid
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Friday that over $2 million has been made available to the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District in federal disaster aid for repairs to the Scanlon Interceptor. Additionally, Minnesota Recovers has approved more than $2.3 million in Disaster Relief Appropriation Funds to assist with essential restorations. The interceptor sustained severe damages during the June flood. The FEMA funds are being made available as part of recovery efforts in response to President Obama's federal disaster declaration on July 6, 2012. The Scanlon Interceptor is a 36 inch iron pipe that carries wastewater to the WLSSD Knowlton Creek Pump Station in West Duluth. Flooding damaged a 150 foot portion of the Pipe Bridge, where the pipeline emerges from ground cover and is elevated over a creek. Three of the seven supporting concrete piers and the pipe itself were damaged. Rip-rap was eroded on each side of the creek and a portion of the six-foot high chain link fence that surrounds the pipeline and piers was destroyed. In addition to repairing the damages caused by the disaster, WLSSD plans on replacing an additional 265 linear feet of the pipe, lining 175 linear feet of the buried portion of pipeline, and renovating three manholes. WLSSD intends to utilize the MN Recovers funds to cover the costs of these restorations. The federal share of recovery costs is 75 percent. The remaining share is the responsibility of the state and local government or non-profit organization.