Minnesota News Roundup: It's a mess in northeast MinnesotaMinnesota News
-- Carlton County authorities are advising no travel in many areas due to flash flooding.
Carlton County authorities are advising no travel in many areas due to flash flooding. Sheriff Kelly Lake says the most significantly impacted areas are in the northern parts of the county. Evacuations are underway in the Thomson area near Jay Cook State Park and the St. Louis River. An emergency shelter has been set up at the Carlton High School and authorities in Duluth are advising no travel this morning, unless it's an emergency. Officer Jim Hansen says many roadways are underwater. He says there are a number of sinkholes, manhole covers that are off and mudslides. Hansen says there have been about 100 rescues in the area. Some parts of northeastern Minnesota have seen between five-and-six inches of rain in the past 24 hours. More is expected today.
It's a mess this morning in northeastern Minnesota. Heavy rains are causing massive flood issues around Duluth, along the North Shore and in Carlton County. Highway-61 is closed between the Twin Ports and Two Harbors. Duluth Police warn drivers that conditions are very dangerous, and that portions of Interstate-35 are impassable. Evacuations are reported in low-lying areas such the Fond Du Lac Reservation. With the rain expected to continue, people are being warned not to get behind the wheel unless it is an emergency.
There's a lot of clean-up going on around Minnesota on this last day of spring. Xcel Energy crews are working to restore power to customers around the Twin Cities area after early week storms. More than 100-thousand lost electricity early Tuesday as high winds and heavy rains moved through. During the thunderstorms, 60 seniors from a housing facility in Hastings had to be evacuated because of roof damage. Another example of the storms' power south of the metro: a gust of wind reportedly tipped over a large truck in the farm community of Hampton. The driver was able to crawl out uninjured.