MPR News / Flooding aftermath

The flooding story continues to unfold here in northeastern Minnesota. While the dramatic live shots of streets-turned-streams are over, scanner traffic about seals on Grand Avenue almost seeming like a dream and the sinkholes that swallowed entire vehicles filled in, the impact from the flood is still very real and people will be feeling the impact from this storm for a long time.

While downtown Duluth and I35 in northern Minnesota largely escaped major damage, there are still many areas that were very hard hit. It’s pretty easy to miss how widespread the damage is and that the area is still recovering.  There are washouts on Highway 210 near Jay Cooke State Park that are 600 feet wide and 100 feet deep.  Some people in Duluth’s Fond du Lac just returned to their homes a couple days ago.  It really is mind-boggling.

Below you’ll see a lot of what the storm left behind, images of what’s left of the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park, highways wiped out and people coming together to help one another. If you are wondering how you can lend a hand with the recovery, here is how.

The swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park remains closed Tuesday morning due to damage sustained when heavy rains June 19th and 20th caused flooding along the St. Louis River in the park.

The swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park remains closed Tuesday morning due to damage sustained when heavy rains June 19th and 20th caused flooding along the St. Louis River in the park.

A section of Highway 210 near Jay Cooke State Park was washed out during last month's heavy rains and flooding near the park. This washout is nearly 50 feet deep.

A section of Highway 210 meets a 50 foot drop off where a culvert failed and the highway washed away Tuesday morning near Jay Cooke State Park.

Portions of the middle of Highway 210 sit near a culvert almost 50 feet below where the rest of the highway Tuesday morning near Jay Cooke State Park.

A section of Highway 210 was washed out after a dike was overtopped at Forebay Lake. The wall of water washed away a large swath of forest and left a nearly one hundred foot deep gap in the highway. According to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials, there was no waterway or stream here before the washout.

Wires on the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park hang from the walkway Tuesday morning. The swinging bridge and park remain closed due to damage sustained when heavy rains June 19th and 20th caused flooding along the St. Louis River in the park.

A section of the Willard Munger Trail near Jay Cooke State Park sustained damage after last month's heavy rains and flooding.

Duane Hill, Minnesota Department of Transportation district engineer, stands near the edge of a section of Highway 210 that washed out after last month's heavy rains and flooding heavily damaged Jay Cooke State Park and portions of Highway 210 surrounding the park.

The swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park remains closed Tuesday morning due to damage sustained when heavy rains June 19th and 20th caused flooding along the St. Louis River in the park.

A section of Highway 210 was washed out after a dike was overtopped at Forebay Lake. The wall of water washed away a large swath of forest and left a nearly one hundred foot deep gap in the highway. According to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials, there was no waterway or stream here before the washout.

After a dike was overtopped at Forebay Lake during last month's heavy rains and flooding, a wall of water rushed nearly half a mile toward Highway 210 near Jay Cooke State Park and left a nearly 100 foot deep gap in the highway. The force of the wall of water and debris stripped the bark from trees that survived the flooding.

What was once a forest is now looks more like a muddy stream Tuesday morning at a washed out section of Highway 210 near Jay Cooke State Park. A section of Highway 210 was washed out after a dike was overtopped at Forebay Lake. The wall of water washed away a large swath of forest and left a nearly one hundred foot deep gap in the highway.

A Thomson resident walks along Vermillion Street in Thomson, Minn. Sunday afternoon. The street was devastated after flood waters from last week's storm flowed out of the Thomson Resevoir.

Joel Kulaszewicz walks over a steel beam onto Vermillion Street after checking out the scene behind his store, Ghost Town Relics, Sunday afternoon in Thomson, Minn.

Joel Kulaszewicz checks out his store, Ghost Town Relics, in Thomson, Minn. Sunday afternoon after it sustained heavy damage from flood waters earlier in the week.

Joel Kulaszewicz leaves his store, Ghost Town Relics, in Thomson, Minn. after checking it out for the first time Sunday afternoon since flood waters swamped the town.

Donna Koski (left) gets a hand from granddaughter Mandy Price on the way to her home Sunday afternoon in Thomson, Minn. Koski's home was damaged after last week's flood.

Donna Koski sits in front of her house in Thomson, Minn. Sunday afternoon. The home sustained heavy damage from last week's flood.

A damaged property on Vermillion Street Sunday afternoon in Thomson, Minn.

Minnesota Highway 210 near Vermillion Street in Thomson, Minn. sustained heavy damage after last week's flood.

An intense flow of flood water flattened grass along Vermillion Street in Thomson, Minn.

Mark Peterson (left), an assessor in Cass County, and Traci Balder (right), an assessor in Benton county, walk up to a residence Thursday afternoon in Esko, Minn. to ask the homeowners of they sustained any flood damage after last week's heavy rains.

Leaning against a bench that was toppled by flood waters, Teresa Wappes explains how flood waters scattered items from her yard all over the forest Thursday afternoon at her home in Esko, Minn.

Traci Balder, an assessor in Benton county, hands paperwork to Esko, Minn. resident Teresa Wappes in her flood-damaged basement showing where she can find information about the assessment process and possible tax abatements Thursday afternoon.

Mark Peterson (right), an assessor in Cass county, knocks on the door of a house while Traci Balder (left), an assessor in Benton county, waits with paperwork Thursday afternoon in Esko, Minn. Peterson and Balder were visiting homes in Esko asking residents if they sustained flood damage after last week's heavy rains. These residents were not home.

Mark Peterson, an assessor in Cass county, photographs the basement of Teresa Wappes Thursday afternoon in Esko, Minn. While Wappes' property was already assessed the day before by Red Cross volunteers, Peterson was explaining the assessment process and reassessing the property as they sometimes do.

Lucas Dean (right) and Meghan Canfield (left) move items from inside Grandma's Restaurant's Miller Hill location Friday morning to a semi that will take them off site to be cleaned and sanitized.

Jason Matthes sprays down racks after they were sanitized Friday morning at Grandma's Restaurant's Miller Hill location after flood waters inundated the area.

Items from Grandma's Restaurant's Miller Hill location wait to be sanitized Friday morning after flood waters swamped the restaurant and inundated the surrounding area.

Vermillion Street in Thomson, Minn. sustained heavy damage after water from the Thomson Reservoir flooded the street. The reservoir sits just beyond the end of the street.

Mark Frey surveys the aftermath of flooding in his neighborhood of Fond du Lac Tuesday morning in Duluth, Minn.

Debris removed from Mission Creek piles up on Oldenberg Parkway Tuesday morning as the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth, Minn. continues to recover from last week's flood.

John Tuttle (right) and Kelly Towns (left) work to clear their friend's yard of flood waters Tuesday morning in the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth, Minn.

Tony Dierckins pauses before heading over a portion of the Chester Creek trail Wednesday afternoon that was washed out by a landslide during last week's heavy rains. Dierckins was out with Gilda, his dog. Despite massive damage to the Chester Creek trail, runners and walkers were still frequent visitors to the popular Duluth trail.

A house sits on the edge of a landslide Wednesday afternoon near the Chester Creek trail in Duluth, Minn.

Minnesota Department of Transportation employee Peter Cicetti (left) and intern Eric Blomgren examine the Highway 23 bridge over the St. Louis River Tuesday morning to see if the bridge had shifted during last week's flooding.

Water flows through the Thomson Dam Wednesday morning near Thomson, Minn. It's been over a week since heavy rains pummeled the area and water flow through the dam still easily exceeds what is seen during a typical Spring runoff.

A torrent of water rages from the Thomson Dam Wednesday morning near Thomson, Minn. It's been over a week since heavy rains pummeled the area and water flow through the dam still easily exceeds what is seen during a typical Spring runoff.

A torrent of water rages from the Thomson Dam Wednesday morning near Thomson, Minn. It's been over a week since heavy rains pummeled the area and water flow through the dam still easily exceeds what is seen during a typical Spring runoff.

A torrent of water rages from the Thomson Dam Wednesday morning near Thomson, Minn. It's been over a week since heavy rains pummeled the area and water flow through the dam still easily exceeds what is seen during a typical Spring runoff.

Jake Peterson hauled flood-damaged items from his mother's home in the Congdon neighborhood of Duluth Friday afternoon to the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District Materials Recovery Center in Duluth, Minn.

At 1:18pm on Tuesday afternoon, Conner Stover (hands up), Jacob Stover (thumbs up) and their grandpa Buck Stover (driving) were the first people to drive out of an area of West Skyline Parkway that had been inaccessible for almost a week since last Tuesday night after heavy rains washed out a large section of the roadway.

David O'Rourke (left) and Kevin O'Rourke (right) dispose of a flood-damaged piece of furniture Friday afternoon at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District Materials Recovery Center Friday afternoon in Duluth, Minn.

City of Duluth workers Greg Johnson (left) and Bob Knudson (right) repair a manhole that was washed out on 34th Avenue East and Superior Street in Duluth, Minn. during last week's heavy rains and flooding.

An excavator removes entire trees and other debris in the Fond du Lac neighborhood Tuesday morning in Duluth, Minn. The debris arrived in the neighborhood after flood waters and landslides impacted the area.

A dead fish sits on the lawn of Moose Lake resident Joe Mohelsky after flood waters receded from his property Sunday afternoon in Moose Lake, Minn.

At the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District's Material Recovery Center, a flood-damaged lawn mower sits among other items damaged after last week's heavy rains in Duluth, Minn.

Debris is tangled around a tree Sunday afternoon after flood waters receded in Thomson, Minn.

Sandi Svoboda came up from Hastings, Minn. to help her father, Dave Burch, clean up and remove contents from his basement after flooding swamped Barnum, Minn. last week.

Much to his disliking, Bethany Maki tells Bear, a Pomeranian, to stay in the car while she helps her mother clean ruined household items from a friend's front yard Monday afternoon in Barnum, Minn.

Bryant Stahlbusch tears had to tear the siding and insulation away from a bottom portion of his home Monday afternoon after last week's flood waters infiltrated the insulation in Barnum, Minn.

The bridge on County Road 6 leading into Barnum, Minn. was damaged after the Moosehorn River came over the bridge during last week's flood.

A family picture sits in a dumpster Monday afternoon as residents of Barnum, Minn. clean up from last week's flood.

Sandi Svoboda talks about two items she was grateful to rescue from her father Dave Burch's basement in Barnum, Minn. The bear was given to her brother at birth while the cat was used as a focal point for her mother while she was in labor with Sandi.

Victor Lynch (right) tosses items from his stepdad's home into a dumpster Monday afternoon in Barnum, Minn. while Rob Svoboda (left) waits his turn. Lynch and Svoboda were both disposing of items that could not be salvaged after flood waters swamped the town last week.

David Greminger pries nails from the floor of a flood-damaged home Thursday morning in the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth, Minn. Greminger of Duluth was working as part of NECHAMA, a Jewish volunteer organization providing cleanup and recovery assistance to homes and communities affected by natural disaster.

Steve Gutz uses a wire cutter to cut through a chain link fence that was tangled between his motorcycle and logs that were left behind after flooding from last month's storms Thursday morning at his home in the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth, Minn. Gutz' home is less than 20 feet from the banks of the St. Louis River and suffered extensive damage from the flooding. On Thursday, Gutz was receiving help removing flood-damaged portions of the inside of his home from NECHAMA, a Jewish volunteer organization providing cleanup and recovery assistance to homes and communities affected by natural disaster.

From left: Mike Greminger, Jane Helsinj and Tom Lieberman (right) clean out the inside of a home damaged in last month's floods in the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth, Minn. The three were part of NECHAMA, a Jewish volunteer organization providing cleanup and recovery assistance to homes and communities affected by natural disaster.

David Saltzman reacts after seeing mold growing in the insulation of a house he was helping clean Thursday morning in the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth, Minn. Saltzman of Minneapolis, Minn. was volunteering with NECHAMA, a Jewish volunteer organization providing cleanup and recovery assistance to homes and communities affected by natural disaster.

Barb Aker uses a sled to haul items from her garage across a section of her lawn that was still muddy and wet from last month's flooding Thursday morning in the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth, Minn.

Volunteers with NECHAMA, a Jewish volunteer organization providing cleanup and recovery assistance to homes and communities affected by natural disaster, were helping clear flood-damaged homes like this one in the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth, Minn.