Storm Leaves Behind More Than Snow, Debris

By KBJR News 1

October 27, 2010 Updated Oct 27, 2010 at 7:31 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN - (Northland's Newscenter) - The storm compared to the one that sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald has left its mark on our region.

Residents say they woke up to snow, power outages and even flooding.

Earlier Wednesday morning, drivers faced slick road conditions on their commute and rivers in the Twin Ports crept over their banks threatening some homes.

Heavy snow stuck like glue to trees - mixing that with heavy winds led to them falling into roadways and power lines causing problems.

Power companies reported more than 16,000 homes and businesses across the Northlands experienced power outages - from Grand Rapids, to Two Harbors to the Brainerd Lakes area, which one spokesperson says got hit the hardest.

Both power and sewer workers continued to work through Wednesday night to turn the lights back on and prevent any further sewer overflow from precipitation.

A sewer storage basin at 52nd Ave E. and Dodge Street filled up causing sanitary sewage to run into Lake Superior.

"It's not good for the environment and that's why we've been working on this infiltration program for years to try to clean it up and this is the first weather incident we've had this year, said Stephen Lipinski of Duluth Public Works and Utilities.

The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District say it too is experiencing some sewage overflow.

Both the Duluth Public Works and Utilities and power companies are asking residents to call them if they experience a power outage or see manhole covers overflowing into the streets.

"This storm has certainly packed quite a punch, but our crews have been out non–stop and through the evening hours to restore power. At one point last night we had about 11,000customers without power," said Amy Rutledge of MN Power.

MN Power and Lake Country Power say they are trying to have everything up and running sometime today for the majority, if not all, of their customers.

Cooperative Light and Power, however, expects some members may be without power until Thursday.

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