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Looking back at the Northland's 2012 flood, 10 years later

For those who lived through it, the flooding of 2012 is an event that will be talked about for years.

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A car is nose-down in a sinkhole at Seventh Avenue East and First Street in Duluth on June 20, 2012.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune
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On the 10th anniversary of the historic flood of 2012, we take a look back at the event that dumped 7.5-10 inches of rain on top of the Northland's already-sodden landscape.

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In this video feature by digital producer Dan Williamson, News Tribune and Superior Telegram staff recall the iconic stories and photos of the event, with 2012 News Tribune video footage of the flood.

Then and now photos

Chronology of the flood

This timeline of the June 2012 Northland flooding originally published in print and online Sunday, June 24, 2012.

Monday, June 18

AFTERNOON

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The National Weather Service in Duluth issues a flash flood watch for Northeastern Minnesota for Tuesday and Wednesday, with a forecast of "2 to 4 inches possible through Wednesday morning, with some spots receiving even higher amounts." News of the flash flood watch is posted at duluthnewstribune.com that evening, and is included in Tuesday's print edition.

Tuesday, June 19

AFTERNOON 

Severe thunderstorms roll across much of the Northland, dropping hail and an initial round of heavy rain in many areas, including 2 inches in Floodwood. Flash flood watch continues. The News Tribune starts its severe weather live blog, which will continue on-and-off, as time allows, for the next 2½ days.

5-6 P.M.

Reports start to roll in from Grand Rapids and the western Iron Range of torrential rain and street flooding as another round of storms slowly sweeps across the area. Spotters report 1.5 inches of rain in 45 minutes in Grand Rapids, with streets under 4 to 6 inches downtown. An urban and small stream flood advisory is issued for Grand Rapids and the western Iron Range at about 5:30 p.m. That's upgraded to a more serious flash flood warning at 6:01 p.m., to be in effect until midnight.

6:28 P.M.

As the intense rainfall moves eastward, at 6:28 p.m. the National Weather Service in Duluth issues a flash flood warning for the Duluth area, eastern Iron Range and Two Harbors until midnight, noting that total rainfall in the area may reach 4 to 7 inches.

7:13 P.M.

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Torrential rain starts to fall on the north side of Duluth.

7:21 P.M.

A flash flood warning is issued for central Lake and Cook counties.

7:27 P.M.

The Weather Service issues a forecast update reporting that a "high-end and life-threatening flash flood event appears to be developing across a large part of northern Minnesota."

ABOUT 7:45 P.M.

Report of water running over Arrowhead Road between Haines and Rice Lake roads.

8 P.M.

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Water reported over the Highway 61 Expressway and Scenic Highway 61 near Larsmont.

8:20 P.M.

Street flooding reported in Lakeside, followed minutes later by reports of water flooding down Sixth Avenue East in Duluth's Hillside, and over lanes of U.S. Highway 53 near Minnesota Highway 194.

A red minivan drives through flooded streets, creating a large splash on either side
A minivan throws up walls of water while charging through flood waters on the 600 block of East Third Street in Duluth on June 19, 2012 after heavy rains hit the area.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

8:27 P.M.

Flooding reported on Interstate 35 in the downtown Duluth tunnels, with at least one car stalled.

8:32 P.M.

Flooding reported on Third Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues east in Duluth, in the vicinity of what would become a massive wall collapse near Whole Foods Co-op.

Rainwater pours down a sloped grass yard next to wooden stairs
Flood waters rush past a home and into the 600 block of East Third Street in Duluth on June 19, 2012, after heavy rains hit the area.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

9-10 P.M.

The initial surge of heavy rain ends in Duluth, but radar shows many more storms lining up to the west. As the scope and severity of the flooding comes into focus, News Tribune journalists scramble to get flood photos and information; the front page is redesigned to accommodate the news.

The June 20, 2012, front page of the Duluth News Tribune featuring the headlines: Rain swamps Northland, Board cuts 29 teachers, Improvements still recommended for St. Louis County 911 dispatch systems, WWII veteran from ND wants to thank Gomer, and House panel boosts rural air service subsidies
The June 20, 2012, front page of the Duluth News Tribune.

9:23 P.M.

Spotter reports 6 inches of water over Minnesota Highway 61 at Little Marais.

9:45 P.M.

Floodwood police advise no travel in that community.

ABOUT 10 P.M.

  • Minnesota State Patrol closes Highway 61 between Duluth and Two Harbors; closure also reported on 61 at the Silver Creek Tunnel north of Two Harbors.
  • Duluth Police ask drivers to stay off city streets; flooding reports at the entrances to Morgan Park; on Kenwood Avenue; in the I-35 tunnels; and on Superior Street at 82nd Avenue East, among other places.
  • Manholes reported to be blowing out in Lakeside.

10:48 P.M

Travelers reported stranded at Betty's Pies north of Two Harbors, unable to go either direction on Highway 61 because of flooding.

10:49 P.M.

Manhole spouting "like a water fountain" near Greysolon Plaza in downtown Duluth.

11:19 P.M.

Live blog reader reports 2 feet of water coming down Second Street in Proctor.

11:24 P.M.

Live blog reader, home after traveling from Split Rock Lighthouse to Two Harbors, reports Highway 61 "literally breaking apart, pieces of asphalt all over." Another reader reports flooding on Highway 53 at Canyon.

11:34 P.M.

Weather Service issues a new flash flood warning for Duluth and the North Shore until 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

11:40 P.M.

Water reported to be knee-deep along Mall Drive near Wells Fargo in Duluth.

Aerial view of flooded parking lots in a mall area
Duluth's Burning Tree Plaza shopping area, which includes a Target Store, upper right, is flooded out in this aerial view from June 20, 2012.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribuine

11:48 P.M.

Water reported to be reaching the bottom of parked cars near Fitger's in Duluth; at about the same time a text message goes out from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, reporting the school will be closed Wednesday because of flooding.

11:53 P.M.

Reader reports most streets south of Belknap Street in Superior are flooded, extending down into the Billings Park area.

Wednesday, June 20

12:01 A.M.

  • Live blog reader comment: "I was waiting to hear the sump start up, then eventually realized it WAS on and was going nonstop."
  • Sidewalk along Eighth Avenue East between First and Second streets in Duluth reported to be caved in.

12:07 A.M.

Longer-duration flood warning issued for areas including Cloquet, Moose Lake, Carlton, Floodwood, Aitkin, Grand Rapids, Hibbing and Ely until noon.

12:13 A.M.

Street flooding reported on Superior Street in Lincoln Park business district; gravel reported to be washing down 40th Avenue West from higher elevations along Haines Road in Duluth.

12:18 A.M.

Flood warning issued for Superior and the South Shore of Lake Superior until noon. Several county roads reported closed in northern Douglas County.

12:24 A.M.

Upper elevations of Glenwood Street reported to be "littered with chunks of asphalt."

12:35 A.M.

  • Estimated 6 inches of water in Superior Street from near Pickwick Restaurant to London Road, runoff from higher up the Duluth Hillside.
  • Chester Creek flooding in Kenwood neighborhood.

12:41 A.M.

Water reported to be shooting from manholes along Boundary Avenue in Proctor.

12:47 A.M.

  • Live blog reader comment: "I live near Grand Avenue and Raleigh Street and have a good view of Grand from my house. We always get some flooding on Grand, but this is the worst I can remember seeing in over 20 years here. Even emergency vehicles moving quite cautiously through there."
  • Car reported nearly submerged near 40th Avenue West and Grand Avenue.

12:52 A.M.

  • Police reported to be blocking intersection of Woodland Avenue and St. Marie Street where Tischer Creek is flooding.
  • Car reported to have just fallen in sinkhole on Skyline Parkway near Ninth Avenue East; four occupants escape.

1:11 A.M.

Report of flooding at both entrances to Morgan Park.

Brown water pours down a slope and across a street with a bridge in the background bearing a sign reading WELCOME TO MORGAN PARK
Chocolate-colored waters flow past the entrance to Morgan Park, which was cut off for a time by floodwaters June 20, 2012.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune

1:17 A.M.

Report of someone trapped in car partially submerged in sinkhole on Seventh Avenue East at First Street.

1:39 A.M.

The National Weather Service in Duluth reports: "This appears to be a flood reminiscent of the flood of 1972 and one that should not be taken lightly. ... We cannot stress what a major threat this is for the city of Duluth and along the North Shore."

1:47 A.M.

Live blog reader comment: "First time in 25 years in my house that we have had water in the basement, in Duluth Heights."

2 A.M.

A drive through Duluth reveals countless streets covered in running water, manholes spouting water and gravel and other debris strewn about. Lightning flashes in the sky as heavy rain continues to fall.

Three cars stand in a street covered in brown water, surrounded by fallen branches
Cars flooded out and stalled in high waters on a debris-strewn state Highway 23 in Duluth's Fond du Lac neighborhood during heaving storming and rains June 20, 2012.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune

2:25 A.M.

Reports on police scanner of evacuations under way in and near the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth.
2:27 A.M.

Report of 6.38 inches of rain and counting in Duluth's Lester Park neighborhood.

ABOUT 2:30 A.M.

Reports on police scanner that Minnesota Power plans to increase water flow from its hydroelectric dams on the St. Louis River. Dams are reported to not be at risk of failure — but water levels may rise more in areas downstream, including Fond du Lac.

Seal on the loose
Riverside resident Ellie Burcar snapped this photo on June 20, 2012, of Feisty the harbor seal lying on Grand Avenue after escaping from the Lake Superior Zoo during Duluth's historic flood. Feisty was eventually rounded up and now is living at the ABQ BioPark zoo in Albuquerque, N.M.
Contributed / Ellie Burcar

2:40 A.M.

Report on police scanner of a seal swimming on Grand Avenue near the Lake Superior Zoo.
2:55 A.M.

Water reported to be rising to level of windows on Grandma's Restaurant on Maple Grove Road in Duluth.

3:19 A.M.

  • Evacuations reported at homes along 59th Avenue West in Duluth, near Keene Creek.
  • Four feet of water reported on streets in central Proctor.

3:36 A.M.

Water reported to be several feet deep on South Street below London Road, spilling over onto Interstate 35.

3:49 A.M.

Roads reported to be flooded as deep as car windows near Superior High School.

3:50 A.M.

Live blog reader comment: "The creek at Columbus Avenue and Arrowhead is raging over its banks and homes along the creek are flooded. Unreal!"

3:52 A.M.

Initial reports of a polar bear missing from its enclosure at the Lake Superior Zoo. Police and fire officials assisting zoo staff in tracking down animals unaccounted for on zoo grounds.

Floodwaters cover a wooded area with a fallen, unreadable sign in the foreground and a partially submerged yellow playground in the background
Record rainfall in the Duluth area June, 20, 2012, caused extreme flooding at the Lake Superior Zoo. Most areas received seven to 10 inches of rain within 24 hours.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

4-5 A.M.

Reports of flooding in Duluth start to make way to media outlets in Twin Cities and at the national level.

4:07 A.M.

Reader comment: "Mission Creek is very high in Esko and is within 40 feet of my house, normally 250 feet away."

4:51 A.M.

Reports of roads caving in near Barker's Island in Superior.

5 A.M.

Duluth police advise emergency travel only in the city.

5:08 A.M.

Water rescue situation reported on Wahl Road in Lakewood Township.

5:18 A.M.

Duluth city officials announce City Hall will be closed Wednesday.

5:21 A.M.

Flash flood warning for Duluth and North Shore extended until 4:30 p.m.

ABOUT 5:30 A.M.

Carlton County Sheriff's Office recommends no travel in county; evacuations recommended in Thomson area; Highway 210 closed in Jay Cooke State Park.

5:38 A.M.

Storm total of 6.91 inches of rain and counting near Floodwood.

5:58 A.M.

Superior police report flooding on Tower Avenue near 46th Street, 28th Street near Superior High School and Hill Avenue between North 21st Street and Belknap Street, among other areas.

ABOUT 6 A.M.

Duluth police officers at the Lake Superior Zoo report all animals, including the polar bear, are accounted for.

6:30 A.M.

White Pine River reported to be flowing 2-3 feet deep over Highway 33 north of Cloquet.

A large number of people sitting inside a bus
Residents of Duluth's Fond du Lac neighborhood as well as motorists stranded on Highway 23 wait in a Duluth Transit Authority bus June 20, 2012, before they're evacuated to First United Methodist Church. At right Marie Lamb (from left) of Tennessee along with her sister Marsha Turner and Turner's daughter Mckayla, 9, make the best of the wait. The three got stuck in the water in their car.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune

6:30-7:30 A.M.

Evacuees from the Fond du Lac neighborhood — residents and campers — wait aboard a Duluth Transit Authority bus parked on Highway 23 in view of floodwaters covering the road. After a brief break, heavy rain begins again. When the last evacuee arrives, the bus heads to an evacuation center at Duluth's First United Methodist (coppertop) Church.

Aerial view of a neighborhood flooded with brown water
Houses in Duluth's Fond du Lac neighborhood appear to sit in the St. Louis River as seen from the air June 20, 2012.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune

7:15 A.M.

Estimated 3 feet of water over Maple Grove Road east of Midway Road in Hermantown.

7:26 A.M.

Irving Park in West Duluth reported to be completely under water.

A rectangular park seen from the air, surrounded by trees, is under brown water, with the tops of soccer nets, the edges of hockey rinks, and a fieldhouse visible
A flooded Irving Park rink and field as seen from the air June 20, 2012.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune

7:30 A.M.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management activates the state emergency operations center to respond to the flooding in Northeastern Minnesota.

7:32 A.M.

Wisconsin Highway 105 closed between Village of Superior and Oliver.

7:34 A.M.

Parts of Martin Road west of Rice Lake Road, north of Duluth, reported to be flooded.

8 A.M.

  • Evacuations under way in Thomson after Thomson Reservoir and spillway overflow into the community.
  • Jay Cooke State Park evacuated.

8:15 A.M.

  • Rainfall total of 7.72 inches and counting reported at Alborn.
  • Bayfield County closes Wisconsin Highway 13 from Cornucopia west to the Douglas County line.

8:27 A.M.

Lake Superior Zoo reports that "all zoo animals have been secured. Sadly the zoo experienced the loss of several animals, among them many of the barnyard residents. Due to flooding, the zoo's polar bear Berlin was able to exit her exhibit. She was darted by the zoo's vet and is safe in quarantine. At no time did any dangerous animal leave the perimeter fence."

8:45 A.M.

Residents of West Duluth gather to look at homes flooded by Keene Creek along 59th Avenue West, which is closed because of the flood.

Reddish brown water fills the yards of three traditional residential houses
Houses along 59th Avenue West near Raleigh Street in Duluth are completely flooded by water from an overflowing nearby creek on June 20, 2012.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune

9:13 A.M.

The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District reports that the heavy rain caused sewer overflows.

9:15 A.M.

  • Residents survey the buckled remains of pavement on Olney Street above 57th Avenue West in West Duluth.
  • Communications in Lake County difficult if not impossible all morning long because phone and internet service is down.

9:30 A.M.

A crowd has gathered along West Third Street at Lincoln Park in Duluth, where the raging Miller Creek has covered the lower part of the park. Below Third Street, it has flooded homes and cars.

A woman in a blue raincoat comforts another woman in a blue raincoat while a woman in an orange hooded sweatshirt speaks to them
Molly Martin comforts her mother Jan Martin, left, while talking to neighbor Connie Strong, right, in Lincoln Park on June, 20, 2012. Martin was forced to leave her home as rushing floodwaters from Miller Creek flooded her property.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

9:41 A.M.

  • Camping area at Cloquet's Spafford Park reported to be evacuated because of flooding from the St. Louis River.
  • Weather spotter reports storm total of 9 inches of rain and counting near Denfeld High School in West Duluth.

10 A.M.

Trucks — and a few brave cars — ford overflow from Tischer Creek as they make their way up Vermilion Road and St. Marie Street to Wallace Avenue in Duluth. Crowds gather to watch the scene there, and also a couple blocks away where a kayaker paddles across St. Marie west of Woodland.

10:26 A.M.

The National Weather Service issues a new flash flood warning for Duluth, Superior and Cloquet until 10:30 p.m.

10:30 A.M.

Interstate 35 reported closed near Carlton.

10:30-11:30 A.M.

Severe thunderstorm warnings issued for Twin Ports as another round of storms sweeps across the area.

10:45 A.M.

As torrential rain starts yet again, U.S. highway 53, Maple Grove Road and Mall Drive are flooded near the Miller Hill Mall. The parking lots of the Target and Savers stores are underwater, and several feet of water are flooding the Grandma's restaurant. Amid the pouring rain, three men wade out to a flooded car in the Savers parking lot in an attempt to tow it away. A high-clearance 4x4 truck spins circles in the water nearby.

11:17 A.M.

News Tribune staffers report that the Ninth Street bridge over Chester Creek is closed to be inspected for damage; Chester Parkway closed because of washouts; major damage in Chester Bowl.

11:30 A.M.

Four people on a street look down at a blue Toyota car which has fallen into a very large sinkhole
The scene at Ninth Avenue East and Skyline Parkway in Duluth on June 20, 2012, when a huge sinkhole opened up and swallowed a car.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune

  • Midway Road closed because of flooding from the Midway River, between U.S. Highway 2 and Interstate 35.
  • The car remains in the sinkhole on Skyline Parkway near Ninth Avenue East.

11:34 A.M.

City of Superior declares a state of emergency.

11:36 A.M.

City of Hermantown declares a state of emergency.

NOON

Heavy traffic, including vehicles detoured off I-35, moves slowly along First Street at Seventh Avenue East, dodging water, rocks and gravel still washing down from the massive washout three blocks uphill at Whole Foods Coop.

12:23 P.M.

County roads being used as a detour for Highway 61 between Duluth and Two Harbors are reported to be deteriorating.

Three men gesture while speaking on a large pile of rocks
Crews search for a boy that was swept away by floodwaters into a sinkhole on Lawn Street in Proctor on June 20, 2012. The boy was later found alert and conscious after being swept through six block of culverts by the floodwaters.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

12:30 P.M.

  • Reader reports lots of washouts of roads along and crossing the Lester River from eastern Duluth up into Lakewood Township.
  • Reports of a child washed into a culvert near Proctor; child is found, injured but alive, within the hour.
  • Interstate 35 remains closed across much of Duluth.
A young boy in pajamas lifts his sleeve to show bruises while a woman sits next to him
Kenny Markiewicz, 8, shows some of the bruises he suffered June 20, 2012, when he was swept through six blocks of storm sewer in Proctor. Watching is his mother Amber Markiewicz, who called Kenny’s survival a miracle.
Steve Kuchera / File / Duluth News Tribune

12:40 P.M.

Piers and docks reported to under water, some floating away at Little Grand Lake.

1 P.M.

Passersby stop to watch floodwaters eating away at the bed of railroad tracks near Spirit Mountain in Duluth. The damage causes a disruption to train traffic between Iron Range mines and Duluth.

1:50 P.M.

City of Duluth sends out a flooding update, reporting that:

  • Major streets closed include Interstate 35 from Central Avenue all the way across town to 26th Avenue East; Minnesota Highway 23 in Fond du Lac; U.S. Highway 53 near Miller Hill Mall London Road at 43rd Avenue East; Superior Street between 34th and 40th avenues West; large parts of Skyline Parkway; Superior Street at Eighth Avenue East; Arrowhead Road near Woodland Avenue; Kenwood Avenue near Skyline Parkway.
  • Miller Hill Mall is without power and closed.
Outlines of people are seen through steam next to a parking meter and a fallen sign
Steam from a broken line beneath Eighth Avenue East just above Superior Street envelops pedestrians.
Steve Kuchera / File / Duluth News Tribune

2 P.M.

Weather spotter reports 9.93 inches of rain near Two Harbors.

2:15 P.M.

Reports that parts of the city of Carlton near the Thomson Reservoir are being evacuated; a few hours later, 1-2 feet of standing water is reported in the center of town.

2:40 P.M.

The Knife River bridge on Scenic Highway 61 is drawing lots of onlookers as it's strewn with trees and debris from the river, which is well out of its banks.

3:29 P.M.

News Tribune reports that Duluth city officials say damage is in the millions of dollars, and the city will seek federal disaster aid.

3:34 P.M.

State of emergency declared in Wrenshall.

4:42 P.M.

Spotter reported storm total of 10.10 inches of rain northeast of Duluth.

4:45 P.M.

The St. Louis River at Scanlon, reaches its highest level on record: 16.62 feet, more than a half-foot above the previous record set in 1950. The River Inn in Scanlon is damaged by the high water.

Three mudslides mark a hill otherwise covered in green trees, next to a river where an airboat is seen
An airboat belonging to the St. Louis Rescue Squad travels on the St. Louis River on June 23, 2012, in Duluth, near a hillside that experienced massive mudslides. The slides fell into the river sending a large wave of debris towards homes in the Fond du Lac neighborhood.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

4:50 P.M.

Interstate 35 is reported to be open again within the city of Duluth, but remains closed south of Carlton.

6:14 P.M.

The city of Superior reports that the rising Nemadji River has overtopped Woodlawn Drive, and is threatening traffic on highways 2 and 53.

6:23 P.M.

Officials in Floodwood evacuate several homes near the rising St. Louis and Floodwood rivers.

EVENING

  • On the buckled pavement of Vermilion Road, as is the case over much of the city, residents gather to watch and explore the damage caused by rushing water earlier in the day. In some places, floodwaters continue to run down the new channels they carved.
  • After staying open during the day, Jean Duluth Road suffers a major collapse at the Lester River culvert near Zimmerman Road, north of Duluth.

Thursday, June 21

EARLY MORNING

Rising waters of Moosehead Lake start to encroach on homes in Moose Lake; water continues to rise throughout the day. Floodwaters from the St. Louis River continue to affect homes in Floodwood and Brookston.

A line of people pass sandbags to stack near a flooded parking lot
Doug Weisert, left center, of Moose Lake hands Vern Anderson of Moose Lake a sandbag while sandbagging in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen in Moose Lake on June 21, 2012. Several homes and business were flooded.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

5:15 A.M.

Car remains in sinkhole on Skyline Parkway at Ninth Avenue East. After more than a day of clouds and rain, a beautiful sunrise dawns over Lake Superior.

6 A.M.

Interstate 35 remains closed in both directions between Carlton and Mahtowa, and Highway 23 remains closed at Fond du Lac. With so many county and town roads also flooded, finding alternate routes between Duluth and the Twin Cities is difficult if not impossible without traveling long distances.

7 A.M.

Miller Hill Mall reports it will be closed for a second day because of a power outage; a handful of businesses reopen late in the day after electricity is restored.

7:48 A.M.

Large traffic backups reported in Superior as highways 2 and 53 remain open, but are reduced to a single lane in each direction because of flooding from the Nemadji River.

8 A.M.

Residents of Rice Lake and Lakewood townships stop by the gaping hole on Jean Duluth Road, looking down at the massive, mangled remains of the Lester River culvert.

8:19 A.M.

Little Cloquet River rising, now at base of bridge at Pequaywan Lake Road; washouts reported on Fox Farm Road northeast of Duluth.

MID-MORNING

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, Duluth Mayor Don Ness and other local and state officials tour damage at several locations in the city. Dayton pledges quick help from the state for the "terrible devastation." Damage estimates exceed $100 million region-wide — and that's just for public roads and facilities, not private property.

Five people in white and blue shirts surround a man speaking into microphones in front of a washed-out road
U.S. Rep Chip Cravaack, from left, Duluth Mayor Don Ness, Sen. Al Franken, St. Louis County Commissioner Steve O'Neil, Sen, Amy Klobuchar, and St. Louis County commissioner Frank Jewell address the media about flood damage at a large washout on West Skyline Parkway on June 22, 2012 in Duluth.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

In large parts of Duluth, the focus for city officials and residents alike turns to assessing the damage and starting the long cleanup process.

In the Fond du Lac neighborhood and towns south and west of Duluth, the battle against rising waters continues.

A toddler watches a line of people passing sticks and debris to each other
Shiloh Henningsgaard, left, placidly watches the hustle and bustle of the volunteers as they move sticks and other storm debris cleared from Chester Creek and woods June 25, 2012. At right center passing sticks is her mom Michelle Henningsgaard.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune

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Aerial photographs taken later Thursday showed the extent of river flooding to the south and west of Duluth: the raging St. Louis River overflowing into Thomson, washing out a large portion of the Highway 210 roadbed between Thomson and Carlton; causing serious damage to the iconic Swinging Bridge and roads in Jay Cooke State Park; and inundating much of the Fond du Lac neighborhood in far southern Duluth.

Moosehead Lake and the Moose Horn River were flooding much of the city of Moose Lake with sandbagging operations under way, and the communities of Floodwood, Brookston, Cloquet, Carlton, Scanlon and Barnum also were coping with flooding in town. Keeping those waters at bay and cleaning up as they recede will take weeks, if not months.

A school and surrounding homes are surrounded by flood waters in an aerial photo
Moose Lake High School slowly being inundated by Moose Horn Lake on June 21, 2012.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune

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