In case you don’t read the news, watch the Weather Channel or have Facebook I have news for you. Duluth Minnesota, flooded yesterday. Not just some damp basements, not just a couple of inches of water, an actual flood. In less than 24 hours they got 7″ of rain. This caused most of the city to be underwater. That is quite a bit of rain in a short amount of time. The Mayor declared it a National Emergency. People were told to stay off the roads. Many business’ were closed for the day. The last time Duluth had a flood like this was 1972.
Floods are scary things. There are things that happen that the average person doesn’t think about. The Duluth Zoo suffered the loss several animals dying. A seal ended up out of the zoo and on the road in front of the zoo! Thankfully, he was returned safely. That must have been quite a shock for the people who found him. The Polar Bear was missing for a short time, found safe and sound in the zoo.
Many roads were washed out. Bridges were destroyed. Houses flooded. Cars ended up in huge holes from the roads giving away and making caters. I could go on and on.
My brother and his family lost their house. The water was up 5 feet in their basement. They live in a little gully type area in Duluth. The creek next to their house overflowed the banks and flooded their whole yard. Their camper was floating away someplace. Thankfully, the family is all ok. As my sister-in-law said, “It’s just stuff and can be replaced.” A better attitude than, woe is me. My brother was joking during the ordeal. He says they are going to have a huge rummage sale of wet stuff soon. He also found things in his yard he didn’t remember buying. The biggest thing was a motorcycle! It must have washed down from someplace. They did have flood insurance, which is very fortunate. Not many people did.
A Facebook friend of mine ran a live feed of the Duluth Scanner online. I listened to that a bit yesterday. As things were being reported on the scanner he shared that and kept folks up today. He was quite funny as well, which broke up the day! Thanks, Dan!! I will have to keep my eyes open for next time you Live Stream
I know today will be a busy day for the folks of Duluth. They will be calling insurance people. Cleaning up basements. Sorting through what memories they have left that have not been destroyed.
My heart hurts for my hometown.
I’ll leave you with one image that made quite a few folks laugh. Duluth is on a hill, in theory, it shouldn’t flood. One guy made a cool tongue in cheek picture that I have to share.