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Storm brings washouts, road closures in Carlton County

A.J. Seguin and Curt Forse walk on what used to be a bridge over the Nemadji River on State Highway 23 near Wrenshall on Sunday. Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com1 / 2
Barnum City Park's volleyball court flooded due to heavy rains overnight Saturday. Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com2 / 2

Flooding caused washouts and road closures in Carlton County on Sunday as a series of storms brought heavy rainfall across the area over the weekend.

County commissioners will have a special meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday to declare a state of emergency resulting from the flooding Friday through Sunday.

Part of County Road 11 in Barnum is washed away Sunday after heavy rainfall. Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.comA flood warning was in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday for southeastern Carlton County. The National Weather Service in Duluth urged people people to stay off flooded roadways.

The heaviest rain overnight Saturday fell in southern Aitkin through Carlton counties, into Douglas and Bayfield counties.

 See Carlton County road closures here.

The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office reported poor road conditions in the southeastern part of the county, including the townships of Barnum, Blackhoof, Clear Creek, Holyoke, Mahtowa and Wrenshall.

“It’s been five years since I could drive on this road. Now it’ll be another five more,” said Curt Forse of Duluth, standing by a washed-out section of Minnesota Highway 23 near the Nemadji River. Forse said he had heard about the flooding and driven down to get a look for himself.

Stacey Rohweder of Wrenshall tried to look on the bright side. “This will keep traffic on our road quiet for a while,” she said.

Reports indicated that County Road 8 east and west of County Road 11 in Barnum Township were impassable. A large washout in the 600 block of County Road 8 in Holyoke Township caused a road closure, and the intersection of County Road 8 and County Road 103 in Clear Creek Township was washed out, the Sheriff’s Office reported. The 4100 block of County Road 11 in Barnum was impassable, along with the 4600 block of County Road 13 in Moose Lake.

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