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NEWS RELEASE

Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
CONTACT:
Lead PIO  000-000-0000
eoc.pio.lead@state.mn.us
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2012
Northeast Minnesota Flood Update (#3)
EOC News Release #3
 
ST. PAUL —  The city of Duluth and surrounding areas received up to 9 inches of rain overnight causing major flooding conditions, washed out roads, interrupted 911 service and emergency declarations. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) state emergency operations center (SEOC) continues to monitor activities and deploy resources as requested by local jurisdictions.
 
“With today’s heavy rainfall the situation in Northeastern Minnesota continues to develop,” said Kris Eide, HSEM director.
 
The SEOC is in contact with the HSEM regional coordinator who is in Duluth.  The Joint Information Center is activated and is providing public information to media across the state.
 
UPDATED PUBLIC INFORMATION
 
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.”
 

Evacuations

  • Partial evacuation in the town of Thomson
  • Partial evacuation in the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth
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

  • Carlton County
  • City of Duluth
Air Travel
Air travel continues to be restricted in and around Duluth.
 
Post Offices
Three post offices in Duluth are closed
  • Civic Center Station
  • Lakeside Station
  • Miller Hill Station

Hospitals
St Luke’s hospital in Duluth is using two pumps secured through the SEOC to pump water from its basement.

DNR
The DNR has closed the following state parks at least through the weekend
  • Jay Cooke
  • Savanna Portage
  • Moose Lake
The Willard Munger State Trail from Carlton to Duluth is closed until further notice due to washouts.
 
MMB
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 www.bereadymn.com

MnDOT
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 near Silver Cliff Tunnel
  • 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.
For updated information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.
 
 
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