Moose Lake Moving Forward, July 4th Parade Still Planned

By KBJR News 1

June 26, 2012 Updated Jun 26, 2012 at 12:20 AM CDT

MOOSE LAKE, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Community leaders say Moose Lake has come a long way since flood waters crested late last week.

Monday residents learned more about what to do going forward and what they can expect.

It's all about the recovery effort now, but community leaders also took time to recognize groups of people and individuals who played significant roles to help save the city.

Some of those roles including keeping the city's pumps running, sandbagging, and the youth's effort and loyalty in taking part in all the action.

Officials spent a good majority of the meeting talking about moving forward with the massive clean-up.

Neighbors learned garbage and debris pick up will now be free and that assessors are already going door to door to look for damage for property tax relief.

Carlton County Assessors have about 6,000 homes to go through.
Hundreds of residents have been displaced by the flooding.

Overall, one Salvation Army Captain says the city is trying to move forward and stay positive.

"The initial panic is over, and now, we're back to what are we going to do to reverse it. As one person said inside, we had this storm, and now we're having the clean-up afterwards, but it was more like, that was the race. Now, we're going to do the marathon," said Capt Ruth Gibbons of the Salvation Army.

Gibbons says estimates show about 800 homes were affected by the flooding.

She says the Salvation Army doesn't plan to leave its post and will continue to serve food to victims and volunteers as long as they're needed.

The Cloquet Armory has also opened up for volunteers and donations to help Carlton Counties affected families.

Moose Lake normally has a Fourth of July parade and fireworks, and that's coming up quick.

One of the city's goals is to clear the streets and continue that tradition, even if the floats have to go by piles of debris.

Community members say an Independence Day celebration will be something to look forward to and bring more positive vibes to city.

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