MPR News / Duluth Flooding

The last few days in Duluth have been pretty crazy. Typically when people say we got 10 inches in Duluth, you’d think snow. That wasn’t the case Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning as up to 10 inches of rain fell and turned streams, lakes, rivers into raging torrents and unleashed flash flooding and damage on a level not seen since the infamous storms of 1972.

I spent the last few days covering the storms for Minnesota Public Radio. It’s amazing how widespread the damage and flooding has been and how many times I’ve seen an area I know very well and didn’t recognize it because it’s been transformed or wiped out. It’s going to be a long cleanup process in northeastern Minnesota, but from what I’ve seen so far, people are going to be able to handle it.  There are some tough people in this part of the world.

Below is a video of some of the flooding in Duluth early Wednesday morning into the day followed by photos of the storm’s aftermath.

Duluth Flooding from Derek Montgomery on Vimeo.

Steam rises into the sky while heavy rains pummel downtown Duluth, Minn. early Wednesday morning.

Brewery Creek burst through a retaining wall adjacent to the Whole Foods coop Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn.

Numerous sidewalks collapsed Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn.

A sinkhole got the better of this car at the corner of First Street and Seventh Avenue East Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn.

A car sits submerged in flood waters between First Street and the Interstate 35 tunnels Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn.

A car sits submerged in flood waters between First Street and the Interstate 35 tunnels Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn.

Brandon Manty (right) photographs flooding behind the Whole Foods Coop Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn.

Bradley Storozuk runs through flood waters over East Second Street Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn.

Water from an overflowing Brewery Creek in downtown Duluth, Minn. washed trash and other debris against a parked vehicle Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn.

Larry Jones walks through floodwaters Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn.

Portions of Seventh Avenue East in Duluth, Minn. collapsed Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding.

A giant sinkhole along Skyline Parkway near Ninth Avenue East captured this car Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn.

Curious onlookers photograph a car that was consumed by a giant sinkhole Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn.

Lester River rages under the Superior Street bridge Wednesday afternoon in Duluth, Minn.

University of Minnesota Duluth student Hannah Wurl jogs through the remains of a washed out driveway near Chester Bowl Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn.

A mudslide covered part of East Skyline Parkway Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn.

Jack Kritzer photographs a raging Chester Creek Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding across Duluth, Minn.

University of Minnesota Duluth student Brooke Vetter photographs a raging Chester Creek Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding across Duluth, Minn.

Chester Creek Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding across Duluth, Minn.

A manhole bubbles and floats around from high water pressure Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding across Duluth, Minn.

Storm clouds linger over a ship anchored near the Duluth ship canal Wednesday afternoon on Lake Superior near Duluth, Minn.

Nicole Kor's apartment was inundated with water and mud after Brewery Creek burst through a retaining wall early Wednesday morning in Duluth, Minn.

Brian Kor (right) gives his daughter Nicole Kor (left) a hug while salvaging possessions from her apartment after it was inundated with water and mud when Brewery Creek burst through a retaining wall early Wednesday morning in Duluth, Minn.

Nicole Kor moves possessions from her apartment after Brewery Creek burst through a retaining wall and inundated her apartment with water and mud early Wednesday morning in Duluth, Minn.

Tiffany Lee (left) breaks down when finding valuable pictures undamaged in her apartment after Brewery Creek burst through a retaining wall and inundated her apartment with water and mud early Wednesday morning in Duluth, Minn.

Lester River rages under the Superior Street bridge Wednesday afternoon in Duluth, Minn.

Blake Mosel (left) and Trevor Samsa (right) inch close to the edge of a rock on Amity Creek Wednesday afternoon in Duluth, Minn.

Amity Creek rages after up 10 inches of rain fell in parts of Duluth, Minn.

Joe Mohelsky looks around floodwaters that surrounded his home Thursday afternoon on the shore of Moosehead Lake in Moose Lake, Minn. The buoys in front of Mohelsky were placed at 9pm the previous night at the edge of floodwaters and by 5a.m., the waters had reached his house and continued to rise throughout the day.

Volunteers sandbag a vent at Moose Lake High School Thursday afternoon in Moose Lake, Minn.

Sandbags protect the entrance and vents at Moose Lake Elementary School Thursday afternoon in Moose Lake, Minn. after flood waters inundated the city.

A resident of Moose Lake, Minn. shovels water out from behind sandbags Thursday afternoon after flood waters inundated the town.

Vermillion Street in Duluth, Minn. collapsed after heavy rains inundated the city earlier in the week.

A sign sits in the middle of Vermillion Street Thursday morning, which collapsed after heavy rains inundated Duluth, Minn. earlier in the week.

Kevin Murphy (right) and Cullen Raasch (left) kayak through flooded streets in Moose Lake, Minn. Thursday afternoon after flood waters inundated the town.

Volunteers lay sandbags around a home on the shore of Moosehead Lake Thursday afternoon in Moose Lake, Minn.

Preston Peterson, 5, found playing with his toy more interesting than the sandbagging operation going on around him Thursday afternoon near the Soo Line Depot in Moose Lake, Minn.

Avery Anderson moves sandbags around on a trailer while his friend Vern Anderson (right) waits to give him a refreshment Thursday afternoon at a sandbagging operation at the Soo Line Depot in Moose Lake, Minn.

Flood waters inundate Highway 73 Thursday afternoon in Moose Lake, Minn.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness (right, hand up) and Governor Mark Dayton survey Vermillion Street Thursday morning in Duluth, Minn. Governor Dayton was in town to see the damage caused by heavy rains and floods earlier in the week.

Gage Mohelsky moves items around after flood waters from Moosehead Lake surrounded his home Thursday afternoon in Moose Lake, Minn.

Justin Hibke surveys the scene of a sandbagging operation near the Soo Line Depot Thursday afternoon in Moose Lake, Minn.

Preston Peterson, 5, found playing with his toy more interesting than the sandbagging operation going on around him Thursday afternoon near the Soo Line Depot in Moose Lake, Minn.

Moose Lake superintendent Tim Caroline surveys the floodwaters surrounding the school Thursday afternoon in Moose Lake, Minn.

The technology room at Moose Lake High School had several inches of water on the floor Thursday afternoon.

Jane Klejeski pauses to look around at the flood waters surrounding Moose Lake's school Thursday afternoon in Moose Lake, Minn.

Katie Jungers of Moose Lake, Minn. surveys the athletic fields behind Moose Lake High School Thursday afternoon after flood waters inundated the town.