Mayor Don Ness: Duluth 'open for business' month after flood - KMSP-TV

Mayor Don Ness: Duluth 'open for business' month after flood

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) -

It's been almost a month since heavy rains caused devastating damage in the city of Duluth. Since then, many visitors planning a trip to Duluth have canceled -- causing businesses to lose money.

But city leaders want everyone to know that it's open for business, especially Duluth Mayor Don Ness, who visited the FOX 9 Morning News on Tuesday.

Friday marks one month since some infrastructure of the city was buckled, submerged and damaged.

"They were spectacular images," said Ness in recalling the damage -- though it was just small portions of the city. He urges vacationers to continue with summer travel plans to the north shore. "When you're living on the hill...you don't think you need flood insurance," he added.

He offers travelers his personal assurance, Duluth is "open for business"

Duluth and NE Minn. flood gallery

A month beyond the flood, June 20

Duluth, Minnesota had its wettest two-day period ever when flood-producing storms washed over northeastern Minnesota June 19-20.

4.1 inches fell on Tuesday – the second-wettest calendar day in Duluth history (5.2 inches on July 21, 1909). On Wednesday, 3.1 inches fell. Combined, that breaks the previous two-day record of nearly 6.7 inches that fell on July 20-21, 1909.

The rushing water from flash floods in Duluth ripped up streets in and closed countless miles of roads. The damage is extensive, but, miraculously, no one was seriously hurt.

It's the worst flooding to hit Duluth in decades, drawing comparisons to the floods of 1972. 40 years ago, three major storms sent millions of gallons of water pouring down Duluth's hillsides. The damage was so bad, then-President Nixon declared the city a federal disaster area.

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