$4.3M In Funding For Flood Repair

By KBJR News 1

January 18, 2013 Updated Jan 18, 2013 at 8:39 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - More than $4.3M in federal disaster aid is headed to the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District in Duluth.

The funding will contribute to costs associated with repairs of the sewer line connecting Scanlon to WLSSD in Duluth.

The pipeline was damaged in the historic June flood.

The 36 inch iron pipe that carries waste water to the WLSSD Knowlton Creek Pump Station in West Duluth will soon be repaired.

The sewer line is known as the Scanlon Interceptor, or Division D.

FEMA announced today that more than $2M is available to WLSSD in federal disaster aid for the repairs.

But it doesn't stop there.

"Minnesota Recovers", which is the state's clearinghouse for natural disasters, has approved more than $2.3M in Disaster Relief Appropriation Funds.

Flooding damaged a 150 foot stretch of the pipeline bridge and its seven concrete piers.

The water also destroyed a six–foot high chain link fence and caused severe nearby slope erosion.

Officials say the federal and state funding will bring WLSSD infrastructure back to its original pre–flood state.

"The time involved in repairing all of these projects has really diverted everybody's attention to just flood repair. We look forward—with this financial assistance—to complete these projects so we can turn our attention on all of the other priorities we had prior to the flood," Marianne Bohren, WLSSD Executive Director, said.

FEMA covers 75 percent of repair costs.
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The remaining 25 percent came from the state of Minnesota and was approved during the special session.

WLSSD also plans to replace an additional 265 feet of pipe along with three manholes.

Justin Reis, NNC.
jreis@kbjr.com

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