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Duluth and NE Minnesota flooding: How you can help

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Flood damage by our house on County Road 6 in McGregor, MN. Katie Boyd. Flood damage by our house on County Road 6 in McGregor, MN. Katie Boyd.
DULUTH, Minn. (KMSP) -

Roads are washed-out, people have been forced from their homes and others in Duluth and northeastern Minnesota remain surrounded by floodwaters or destruction.

Plenty of food and water donations have poured in from businesses in both the Northland and the Twin Cities.

So how can you help? Mainly with a donation, but volunteer help will be needed when the area is safe enough for restoration efforts.

City of Duluth volunteers needed

Ongoing volunteer support is needed to clean-up the aftermath of this storm in Duluth's parks and trails.

Information on park and trail restoration and clean-up projects will be sent out to interested individuals via email as soon as it is available. Individuals who register to volunteer will usually NOT be called to respond during the first 72 hours of a crisis.

Fill out the registration form through United Way at http://volunteer.truist.com/hgdvc/survey/?survey_id=10530197798

American Red Cross

Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Contributions may also be sent to:

American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013

If you choose, you can designate it specifically for Duluth flooding.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is accepting cases of 16 oz to 20 oz bottled water at its headquarters in Roseville (2445 Prior Ave. N.) weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donors with large deliveries should call ahead at 651-746-3483.

Monetary donations can be made in the following ways:

Text "Blessing" to 80888. A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill. (Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecauses.com. Reply STOP to 85944 to stop. Reply HELP to 85944 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t)

Donate by credit card at thesalarmy.org or by calling 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769). Be sure to designate your donation "NE MN Flood."

Como Zoo / Lake Superior Zoo

Como Friends is encouraging its supporters and Minnesota residents to support the clean-up efforts of the Lake Superior Zoo by making donations on the Lake Superior Zoo's GiveMN.org page.

"Our hearts go out to our zoo partners in Lake Superior. We're glad to provide their polar bear and two harbor seals a safe temporary home," said Jackie Sticha, President of Como Friends. "In light of the extensive clean-up and repair work Lake Superior Zoo will undergo in the coming months, we encourage the community to support their efforts."

Contributions can be made directly to the Lake Superior Zoo, on their GiveMN page: http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Lake-Superior-Zoological-Society

Visit Duluth

Of course, visiting Duluth and spending your money at local businesses in the Northland will help the region recover.

While not diminishing losses experienced by some residents in the community, the Duluth convention and visitor's bureau says several area hotels, restaurants and attractions are fully functioning.

"Although the city has suffered damage, we are open for business," Duluth Sen. Roger Reinert said. "Duluth will weather this storm, and part of that recovery is keeping our tourism industry thriving."

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