MORNING FLOOD UPDATE: Moose Lake battles rising water; boy recounts six-block plunge down culvertKenny Markiewicz, 8, and his 10-year-old cousin were given permission to go outside about noon Wednesday in Bayview Heights near Proctor after the record-setting rain had subsided. Unknown to Kenny and his cousin, a culvert built into the side of the road and usually hidden by foliage was submerged.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Kenny Markiewicz, 8, and his 10-year-old cousin were given permission to go outside about noon Wednesday in Bayview Heights near Proctor after the record-setting rain had subsided. Unknown to Kenny and his cousin, a culvert built into the side of the road and usually hidden by foliage was submerged.
About 3 a.m. Thursday, Mavis Hartman said the water encroaching on her backyard from Moosehead Lake still left her with about 4 feet of lawn. An hour later, she said, “There was no lawn.”
U.S. Highway 2 between Interstate 35 and Boundary Avenue in Proctor is closed as a result of flooding, and will remain shut down much of the summer as crews move ahead with a reconstruction project that already had been planned before this week's damage.
By Thursday morning, a Twin Cities musician who calls Duluth his “adopted second hometown” already had sent out a call looking for musicians interested in playing a flood relief benefit concert.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say that the Lake Superior Zoo was negligent in allowing 13 or 14 animals to die during the flood Wednesday, calling on Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson to bring cruelty charges against the zoo.
Outside Grandma’s Miller Hill restaurant, a pile of debris was growing larger on Thursday afternoon as employees clad in white coveralls and masks added armfuls of wood strips to the pile. It was the restaurant’s floor being dismantled, strip by strip.
With the sun out and floodwaters receding in some areas, local authorities Thursday began assessing the damage from Wednesday’s storm. Those assessments will help determine how much time and money repairs will take. The short answer is a lot of each.
The rampaging streams that wreaked havoc across Duluth on Wednesday also ravaged parks and trails across the city and beyond.
Recent flooding has taken a toll not only on the Northland’s roads but also on its rail lines, complicating operations for Iron Range mines.
With most Northland residents apparently safe from immediate danger, state, federal and local officials began assessing damage Thursday from this week’s torrential rains and flash flood and already are putting the price tag well beyond $100 million.