June 20, 2012

Duluth Under Water


These pictures are straight from the Duluth News Tribune website.  The first day of summer has destroyed one of my favorite cities in the world and a place I called home for 4 years in college.  The Lake Superior Zoo has made the national news.  The animals were literally washed out.  I almost cried when I read that all but one of their barnyard animals has drowned.  A seal got out of the zoo and was found a few blocks away in the middle of the road.  My heart breaks for all these people that are struggling to get around and keep dry.  The mayor has declared a state of emergency and Governor Mark Dayton will be visiting the city tomorrow, but the damage has already been done and will continue until the rain slows and the water is able to drain.  The only positive news is that the citizens might get their pothole problem under control.

The message that the mayor just sent out via social media says:

From the information that I have right now, the drinking water is safe. We have not received any reports of problems that would affect water quality. Any cloudiness is likely from air entering the system from water-main breaks.

If you have damage to your property, please document in detail with pictures. It is my intent to seek a Presidential Declaration for disaster aid which may be able to help - documentation is key.

Pandora must have an evil sense of humor. I finally had a quiet moment to collect my thoughts for a 2pm press conference and turned on Pandora - the song that just came up? "A Hard Rain is A-Gonna Fall". I'm not kidding.

The sun is coming out - we better get a rainbow. In fact, we deserve a triple-rainbow.

Hopefully, the people that live in the Northland will get help as quickly as possible.  I emailed the publicity company for the Brewhouse which is opening a new restaurant in Minneapolis, but it's home base is in Duluth.  I let them know that we could easily round up alumni from UMD that live in the cities and put together a decent fundraising effort to help the people or Red Cross.

Lots of love and prayers coming your way Duluth.  This is not the way to start the summer.  

In St. Paul, we've had some serious wind & thunderstorms.  Yesterday, we were without power for about 12 hours.  Our house hasn't been that quiet in a long time.  If it's not raining, it's humid and 95 degrees.  My mom & I started the couch to 5k last night and did a 30 minute run/walk.  It was hot and uncomfortable.  The shower in the dark bathroom with lit candles was a little odd as well.

I'll be staying on top of the news from the north and hopefully I will find a way to help the people of the city I adore so much.

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