DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — As residents of Duluth, Minnesota assess the damage from flooding caused by historic rainfall, areas to the south continue to fight rising waters.
Gov. Mark Dayton toured the northeastern Minnesota city this morning and says state aid is a certainty and federal aid likely.
Duluth's mayor estimates $50 million to $80 million in damage to public infrastructure alone.
Dayton says it's remarkable no deaths or injuries have been reported in Minnesota. Three people died in crashes in Wisconsin after heavy rain washed away a 50-foot stretch of highway.
Floodwaters continue flowing to the south and east. Moose Lake, a town of about 2,900 people 40 miles southwest of Duluth, has declared a state of emergency. The state's Department of Public Safety characterized the town as "an island."
The National Weather Service says over 7 inches of rain fell on Duluth Tuesday and yesterday, breaking a two-day record that dated to July 1909.
156-r-02-(Sound of floodwaters, rushing through a Duluth neighborhood)--Sound of floodwaters rushing through a Duluth neighborhood. COURTESY: KDLH TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (21 Jun 2012)
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277-a-16-(Officer Jim Hansen, spokesman, Duluth Police Department, in AP interview)-"away and survived"-Duluth Police Officer Jim Hansen says no deaths have been reported, and they had at least one miracle of survival. (20 Jun 2012)
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APPHOTO MNMIT106: Trailers and boats float together as the St. Louis River at Gary New Duluth overflows its banks and inundates a trailer park next to the river, Thursday, June 21 2012. The floodwaters that swamped Duluth are rushing south and causing problems in Carlton and Pine counties. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune,Brian Peterson) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT (21 Jun 2012)
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APPHOTO MNMIT108: Water flows through Jay Cooke State Park south of Duluth, Minn., Thursday, June 21, 2012, washing out major sections of Hwy. 210 and ripping out the swinging bridge in the park. The floodwaters that swamped Duluth are rushing south and causing problems in Carlton and Pine counties. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune,Brian Peterson) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT (21 Jun 2012)
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