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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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June 20, 2012
Northeast Minnesota Flood Update (#5)
Governor Mark Dayton Declares State of Emergency
Release #5

Governor Mark Dayton issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency following storm damage in eight counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Dakota, Goodhue, Lake, Rice and St. Louis. The state of emergency allows for emergency vehicles to transport supplies and materials to the affected areas and the activation of the Minnesota National Guard as needed.
The State Emergency Operations Center continues its activation and coordination of emergency assets to local jurisdictions. The SEOC has worked to ensure Moose Lake and Carlton county have received thousands of sandbags and a county-run evacuation site in Scanlon received 85 cots.  
Governor’s Office
Governor Mark Dayton has offered all possible state assistance now and during the recovery from flooding in northeastern Minnesota.  Governor Dayton will travel to Duluth tomorrow to meet with local officials. In a statement the Governor said, “My thoughts are with our friends and neighbors in Duluth and the surrounding region as they respond to major flooding.” 

  • Kris Eide, the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, has directed experts on her staff to partner with local experts in Duluth tomorrow to begin assessing the damage.
  • Follow HSEM on Twitter at #mnstorms and like HSEM on to get up to the minute information and pictures from the Duluth area.


  • Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth has evacuated 80 homes, 250 residents and two campgrounds.
  • Thomson evacuated 40 residents. 

Evacuation Sites

  • Copper Top Church, Duluth has 30 evacuees.
  • Carlton High School, Carlton has 40 evacuees.

The Red Cross is staffing evacuation sites where residents can receive food and take shelter from the storms. The Salvation Army is providing meals. 
Emergency Declarations

  • State of Minnesota
  • Carlton County
  • City of Duluth

Air Travel
The Duluth airport is open.  
Post Offices
Three post offices in Duluth are closed.

  • Civic Center Station
  • Lakeside Station
  • Miller Hill Station 

The DNR has closed the following state parks at least through the weekend.

  • Jay Cooke
  • Savanna Portage
  • Campground at Moose Lake

Other temporary closures include: 

  • The Willard Munger State Trail from Carlton to Duluth is closed until further notice due to washouts.
  • Cuyuna County State Recreation Area where the mountain bike trails and Miner’s Mountain Road are closed.
  • Hill Annex Mine State Park where tours are cancelled for Thursday and questionable for the weekend. 

For updates on the status of these and other parks and trails visit or call the DNR information Center at 651-296-6157.
All state offices in the city of Duluth will be closed until the end of the business day. Employees and the public are asked to monitor

Current road closures include:

  • London Road at 43rd Street
  • Interstate 35 between Carlton and Mahtowa
  • I-35 from Central Avenue to 26th Avenue East/London Road in Duluth
  • Hwy 2 from I-35 to Boundary Avenue (downbound only) in Proctor
  • Hwy 2 from the Iron Horse Bar and Grill to the golf course
  • Hwy 23 south of Duluth
  • Hwy 23 in Fond Du Lac
  • Hwy 33 in Cloquet
  • Hwy 33 at milepost 9 near Independence
  • Hwy 53 near Miller Hill Mall in Duluth
  • Hwy 61 at Knife River
  • Hwy 200 between Hwy 2 and Hwy 65
    Hwy 210 completely closed through Jay Cooke State Park
  • Hwy 73 closed at four locations --- reference posts 31.5, 46.3, and 47.4
  • Hwy 65 from reference posts 107 to 112.6, closed under two feet of water
  • Hwy 2 between 220.7 through 232.0 completely closed

Travel is not advised due to flooding until conditions improve and MnDOT crews can make progress to recover roadways.

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