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October 2, 2014

Flood water recedes, problems persist in NE Minn.

Floodwaters are receding in most areas of northeast Minnesota, but it will be several more days before the area is safe to travel. Many flood victims have started to turn their attention to cleaning up and surveying the damage — which is expected to exceed $100 million in Duluth alone.

Residents in the Fon du Lac neighborhood were among those allowed to return Saturday. KARE 11 notes roughly 20 of the 80 homes in the community are still surrounded by the swollen St. Louis River. Officials say it could be several more days until the water completely recedes and the area is safe to travel.

Hundreds of volunteers spent their Saturday shoveling dirt, clearing large trees, and brushing off debris and dirt that was swept onto the Lake Superior Zoo grounds, WDIO reports.

Moose Lake residents were told flood waters are dropping, but the area has a long way to go, according to the Northland’s NewsCenter.

The Duluth News Tribune also has a list of highways that remain closed.

FEMA crews will be in northeast Minnesota Tuesday to assess the damage.

State officials are also urging flood victims to do their homework before hiring contractors.