County Employee's Honored For Flood Recovery Efforts

By KBJR News 1

October 10, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Dozens of people who've helped the Northland recover during and after June's flash floods in July are being recognized for their dedication and hard work.

The St. Louis County Board honored 26 individuals from numerous county divisions and presented them with a customer service star award.

In St. Louis County, the flood affected more than 3,000 square miles, damaged 670 miles of paved highways and 760 miles of gravel road.

Four bridges were destroyed and 70 others were damaged and closed for repairs.

Ninety-four roads were closed, and now, less than four months later, only five remain closed.

The county board members say they are happy to recognize and honor those people with their boots on the ground.

"Those people that actually put in those overtime hours that did the actual work and got those roads open," Commissioner Peg Sweeney of the Fifth District said. "Those that provided safety for the people who couldn't get in and out of their homes, making sure they had food and water."

On Wednesday, the county board will honor about 100 people in law enforcement and emergency rescue agencies.

On Thursday, Public works employees will be honored.

Jennifer Walch
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