For some people in northern Minnesota, last summer’s flood isn’t a distant memory. It’s something they live with every day, as they continue to struggle to get their homes and their lives back to a pre-flood state.
If that description fits you or someone you know, help is just a phone call — or a drive to Moose Lake — away.
The National Weather Service continued its flood warning for the St. Louis River at Scanlon Wednesday morning. Although the river had dropped from 9.9 feet Tuesday to 9.8 feet Wednesday, weather service warnings said precipitation in the form of rain or snow Wednesday through Saturday will contribute to higher river flows.
As winter conditions turn to spring melting, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is reminding Minnesota homeowners to determine if they may need flood insurance coverage. Flood damage is not covered under a standard homeowner’s policy.
Carlton County Assessor Marci Moreland informed commissioners and department heads Tuesday that the total loss in market value of flood-damaged homes in Carlton County currently stands at “a shade under $3.1 million,” adding that figure is certain to go up.
Picture a balloon being blown up, getting bigger and bigger.
Eventually it explodes.
That’s how Dan Williams of Lutheran Social Service describes the burgeoning financial crisis for a growing number of victims of last June’s flood in the Northland.
The "Flood Homes With Hope” program is offering free carbon monoxide detectors to residents whose homes suffered damage in last summer’s flash floods because so many residents continue to have trouble with furnaces and boilers.
The deadline to apply for assistance under the Quick Start Disaster Recovery Program is Jan. 31. Carlton County residents are encouraged to contact the Flood Homes With Hope campaign and disaster case managers by calling 218-499-9480.
Time is running out for homeowners and businesses affected by last summer’s flooding to seek financial assistance.
The deadline to apply for assistance under the Quick Start Disaster Recovery Program is Jan. 31.
Sen. Tony Lourey says Moose Lake was hit with a “triple whammy” of issues: aging facilities, extremely low tax base and a natural disaster. School officials are asking voters and the legislature to help the district build new on higher ground.
For some in Carlton County, this summer’s flash flood still lingers. Some 10 inches of rain fell in two days, waters rose and washed away roads and bridges, filled basements and hockey shelters, seeped into school buildings and restaurants, and then it went away, leaving millions of dollars in damages behind.
More than 1,000 homes in Carlton County reported damage after the June floods, which destroyed more than $20 million in assessed value on those homes. While hundreds of those homes have been repaired and back to some sense of normalcy, there are dozens of homes either completely destroyed or uninhabitable without additional major repairs and hundreds more homes awaiting long-term reconstruction.
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