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Duluth cleans up as Minn. floods persist to south

June 22, 2012 • National News


Carl Carlson III, left, and Connie Strong, right, help evacuate Jan Martin from her home in the Lincoln Park neighborhood after record rainfall hit the Duluth, Minn., area Wednesday June, 20, 2012. Most areas received seven to 10 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. Martin remarked that she has lived in the neighborhood for 69 years and has never seen Miller Creek this high. (AP Photo/The Duluth News-Tribune, Clint Austin)

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Nicole Lamphier and her family planned to ride out the flooding inundating their Duluth neighborhood at a friend’s home nearby, but when they ran out of diapers for their 9-month-old, they called in the Coast Guard to get them out.

Lamphier, her husband and three young children were evacuated by boat Thursday from their low-lying neighborhood of Fon du Lac, where about 200 residents who left for higher ground during and after two days of historically heavy rain don’t know when it’ll be safe to return home.

“The damage is indescribable,” said Lamphier, 30. “It’s kind of heartbreaking. You see people down there that have lost everything. I’m just glad to be out.”

City, county and state officials spent Thursday assessing damage, while areas farther south continued to fight rising waters. The town of Moose Lake was being described as “an island.”

Gov. Mark Dayton, who toured flood-ravaged areas Thursday, said he was committed to providing state resources, and would work to speed the process of getting appropriate federal aid. Duluth’s mayor, Don Ness, estimated that there was $50 million to $80 million in damage caused to the city’s public infrastructure alone.

The Fond du Lac neighborhood still had standing water Thursday, and nearly 80 roads around Login to read more

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