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September 21, 2014

Duluth mayor asks for long-term volunteer help

Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in the Duluth area Tuesday assessing damage from the floods last week, WCCO reports. It’s the first step in getting federal money as the city prepares to rebuild public infrastructure. Flood debris that spilled into Lake Superior is washing ashore in Duluth, including trees, dead animals and storage sheds, WCCO reports.

Road and bridge repair projects will be expensive and time-consuming, KARE 11 reports.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness’s message for potential volunteers in the flood cleanup effort: Be prepared for the long haul, the Duluth News Tribune says. It’ll be months, he said.

The muck left behind by flooding was particularly nasty in Gary New Duluth, where raw sewage backed up into homes WDIO reports.

In hard-hit Carlton County, where as many as 6,000 homes were affected by flooding and hundreds displaced, Moose Lake residents were diving into a massive cleanup and trying to keep their spirits up, Northland’s Newscenter reports. The town is still planning for its Fourth of July parade.

The Duluth band Trampled By Turtles, which has been drawing national attention, is planning a fundraising concert appearance July 8 at the annual Bridge Festival, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

One bit of good news: The vital rail lines connecting the region’s mines with its harbors were largely back in service over the weekend, while one of Duluth’s two scenic railroads is offering limited service, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is going to visit northwest Wisconsin, including hard-hit Superior, on Tuesday, the Superior Telegram says.