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Lake County Board Considers Recent Flood Damage

Matt Pollmann, Lake County Emergency Man­agement Director, met with the Lake County Board of Commissioners last week to talk about the impacts of re­cent flooding in North Shore communities. Many areas of the state have sustained dam­age from the recent storms. It has been estimated that up to 7 inches of rain fell across parts of Lake, Saint Louis and Itasca counties. A num­ber of area roads were dam­aged by flooding and had to be closed in the immediate aftermath of storms. In addi­tion to damaged roads, flood waters took out the Sullivan Lake Dam and damaged cab­ins and businesses along the Cloquet and Baptism Rivers. Communities like Finland and Hibbing were damaged and many State parks, trails and campgrounds have also been closed pending dam­age assessments. Pollmann estimated that the monetary damage to the area would be well over a million dollars. Regional FEMA staff (Fed­eral Emergency Management Agency) are on the ground surveying damage and a statement from Senator Amy Klobuchar indicated that “All public infrastructure damage is being documented so that when the federal threshold for disaster relief is reached, that relief will be delivered quickly.” Area homeowners who have sustained damage to their property have re­quested support as well, but it is not clear if there will be money available to help them recover from the flooding. Pollmann stated that in the next couple of weeks, FEMA will be surveying damage around the county and determining what to cover in Lake County.

The problems of climate change and extreme weather in the state are being compounded by the fact that some home­owners have not carried flood insurance because they have never needed it before. Ad­ditionally, some insurance companies are pulling out of Minnesota all together which is driving the cost of home­owners insurance up due to decreased competition. Ac­cording to a report aired in June on CBS Minnesota, insurance companies in the state have lost money, 6 out of the last 7 years, due to weath­er related events. Minnesota is joining a growing list of states where homeowners insurance is either becoming unavailable or unaffordable.

The County Board has is­sued an emergency declara­tion in Lake County for loss­es and damages incurred as a result of the recent severe weather and flooding.

The next Lake County Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 9th at 2:00 PM.

Rick Evans
Rick Evans
My wife, Marsha Kinzer (a proud DEHS Greyhound, class of ‘77) introduced me to the North Shore on vacation in 2012. It became our regular escape when the stress of our careers in education became overwhelming, and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the breathtaking scenery, the nice people, and “salad” containing Jell-o and marshmallows. So you can either blame or thank my loving wife for my being here, because when we needed to choose a retirement hometown, Marsha advocated hard for her beloved Duluth, and here we are, six months later. Yes, this will be my first northern Minnesota winter. Yes, I welcome thoughts and prayers. Government, public policy, and social justice weighed heavily in the curriculums I taught at the high school level over a thirty-eight year career. In addition, we were a laboratory school focused on critical thinking in conjunction with technical and scientific writing. So when I found myself adrift on the great ocean of retirement and spied a raft, I jumped at the chance to take up what I’d left behind…minus the bad teachers’ lounge coffee. My position at the NSJ allows me to combine my passions for government and writing, and it’s helping me to feel less out of touch in new surroundings. When I’m not being “Cubby” (Marsha’s favorite new nickname for this green reporter) I enjoy pointing at eagles and saying, “Look, honey. There’s an eagle.” I’ve had an active side hustle as a professional musician for almost as many years as Charlie Parr. As a guitarist/singer/songwriter, I graced the stages of clubs and festivals around southern Wisconsin, including an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion. Should I even mention A Prairie Home Companion, or am I the only one here old enough to remember what that is? Look! An eagle!
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