Flood briefs: Hiking, biking trails remain closedNumerous hiking and biking trails in the Duluth area remain closed as a result of last week’s flooding. Others are open, but caution is advised.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Numerous hiking and biking trails in the Duluth area remain closed as a result of last week’s flooding. Others are open, but caution is advised.
In a news release, the city offered the following update on city of Duluth trails:
The city also provided an update on the Duluth segment of the Superior Hiking Trail:
For complete information on parking, trail descriptions and printable maps for these sections. Go to the website at www.shta.org, click on “Trail,” then click on Duluth Trail Sections.
CITY TO OPEN VOLUNTEER CENTER
The city of Duluth is set to open a processing center to match volunteers with flood victims who need help.
The city and the United Way of Greater Duluth, in partnership with All Hands Volunteers, say they will open the Volunteer Reception Center of Greater Duluth at the Secondary Technical School next to the recently closed Central High School off Central Entrance at Pecan Avenue.
Volunteers and groups are urged to pre-register by going to www.unitedwayduluth.org and clicking on the “Give Help” button. Individuals and groups may also register on-site at the Volunteer Reception Center.
Property owners impacted by the flood also are encouraged to visit www.unitedwayduluth.org and click on the “Get Help” button.
The Volunteer Reception Center will work to screen both volunteers and those asking for help, and then match the residents’ needs with volunteer availability and skills.
The center will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until July 12, except for July 4, when it will be closed.
NORTHBOUND HIGHWAY 61 AT KNIFE RIVER STILL CLOSED
The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Friday re-opened the southbound lanes of the Highway 61 expressway at Knife River. The highway was closed and detoured while crews completed emergency repairs to the bridge.
Motorists traveling north on Highway 61 must still use the detour, as repair work continues on the northbound Highway 61 bridge. Both bridges sustained flood damage after a major storm on June 19.
For a list of highways closed in Northeastern Minnesota due to flood damage, visit www.mndot.gov/d1/ . For updated travel information on all Minnesota roads, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.
UMD, KUMD HOSTING STUFF THE TRUCK DRIVE
The University of Minnesota Duluth and KUMD 103.3-FM are collecting donations of money, non-perishable food and hygiene products like soap, shampoo and toothpaste as part of a Stuff the Truck drive to benefit flood victims.
Donations will be accepted at the radio station on campus next to Weber Hall (130 Humanities) from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. There will also be a place to drop off goods at the main entrance of the Twin Ports Bridge Festival, July 7-8 at Bayfront Festival Park.
All donations of money go to the United Way’s long term flood recovery fund and supplies will be given to the Salvation Army for distribution.