UPDATE: Flood advisory issued for Twin Ports, Cloquet (with video)
The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Duluth, Superior and Cloquet as another wave of heavy rain affects the area.
While heavy rain has ended in the Twin Ports, ditches, creeks and rivers may continue to rise and run at levels much above normal this evening.
The flood advisory covers southern St. Louis, Douglas, Carlton, Pine, Washburn and Burnett counties until 9 p.m. today. Douglas County officials issued a travel advisory, saying several town and county roads were flooding or had washed out.
A flood advisory also is in effect for Ashland, Iron, Sawyer and Price counties until 11:30 p.m.
By the time light rain ends later tonight, total rainfall for the past two days may reach 3 to 6 inches in some parts of the Northland. Some totals relayed by the Weather Service through 6:30 p.m. today included 2.86 inches at the Duluth International Airport, 4 inches near Hinckley, 2.99 inches at the WLSSD plant in Lincoln Park, 2.68 inches at Wrenshall and 3.46 inches at Scanlon.
New Tomahawk Road has become badly potholed because of the rain. While it's still passable at reduced speeds, MnDOT is recommending that drivers use other routes between Ely and the North Shore. Attempts to grade the road Thursday were unsuccessful because of the continued rain; crews will be back out on the road on Friday and during the holiday weekend.