Road warriors: Crews swarming flood-damaged streets

One week after a storm dumped record rainfall across northeast Minnesota, many major roads are open, but parts of Duluth's road network are still in ruin. Officials say it could take until next year to fully repair the damage.
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From its landmark harbor to the rail lines that stitch across its hills, Duluth is a town built for transportation, MPR reports. But a week after a storm dumped record rainfall across the region, parts of the area's road network still lie in ruin, and officials say it'll likely take until next year to fully repair the damage.

On the other hand, road construction workers have been busy already. The often-photographed giant sinkhole that swallowed a car on East Skyline Parkway in Duluth, is filled in, the road is repaired and traffic is flowing again, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The city of Duluth unveiled an updated list of closed roads, and a number of major roads are now open, WDIO reports.

Meanwhile, loyal residents of Fond du Lac, Duluth's oldest neighborhood and one of the hardest hit by the flooding, still say it is a wonderful place to live, the Bemidji Pioneer says. Floodwaters there have mostly receded and some massive downed trees removed, but much of the mess remains.

This was not so neighborly: A man who was volunteering to clean up after the flooding as part of a church group had his car stolen, the News Tribune says. Police recovered it, and the setback did not discourage him from helping out, he said.

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