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Post flood, Duluth open for business

Posted by: Howie Hanson Updated: June 21, 2012 - 5:57 PM

Overnight rain storms, which ravaged Duluth and the surrounding areas, dumped as much as 10 inches of rain. In the wake of the severe flash flooding that ensued, the city suffered significant damage to homes, businesses and roads.

Senator Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, posted this video of the flood’s impact yesterday.

“I never thought I’d see the day when Duluth was flooded,” said Reinert. “But today’s that day. Minnesotans have always unified around cities hard hit by natural disasters; I know this will be no exception.”

While not diminishing losses experienced by some residents in the community, Visit Duluth's President and CEO Terry Mattson said he's spoken with several general managers at area hotels, restaurants and attractions that all say they are fully functioning.

“We encourage everyone to visit all summer long," Mattson said.

“Although the city has suffered damage, we are open for business,” said Reinert. “Duluth will weather this storm, and part of that recovery is keeping our tourism industry thriving.”

In addition to the damaged roads and other infrastructure, the storm has left area parks and trails in need of restoration and care. Those interested in aiding the parks and trails cleanup effort are encouraged to contact Cheryl Skafte. She may be reached by phone at 218.730.4334.



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