Douglas County hazard plan available for comment

Flooding and wildfires have impacted the county in major ways since the plan was last updated, emergency management director Dave Sletten said.

Flooding closes several county highways and State Highway 35 between County Road T and County Road C in 2017. A section of the highway above near the Black River washed out, according to Stadium Towing owner Mark Androsky.
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SUPERIOR — Douglas County and local municipal officials and residents have been meeting since March 2021 to discuss and identify more than a dozen natural hazards that could occur within the county.

It may come as no surprise that some of these hazards are more common, recurring issues that affect thousands of residents and visitors across Douglas County, said Dave Sletten, Douglas County emergency management director.

Flooding and wildfires have impacted the county in major ways since the hazard plan was last updated in 2015, Sletten said.

Floods in July 2016 and June 2018 were of a magnitude that allowed for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with the cost to repair damaged culverts and washouts.

The hazardous events typically begin in the spring and run through the summer, Sletten said.


Over the last year, the hazardous mitigation planning committee has focused on identifying the risks, on developing strategies to address the hazards, and on putting them into a plan.

The draft Douglas County Hazard Mitigation plan is now available for public review and feedback at on the main news page tab.

Questions and comments can be directed to Eric Howell, Northwest Regional Planning Commission, at 715-635-2197, ext. 238, or . Comments will be accepted through May 31.

Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or
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