NE Minn. flooding triggers activation of Emergency Operations Center

9:07 AM, Jun 20, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) has activated the state emergency operations center today in response to major flooding in the city of Duluth and a handful of surrounding counties.

The Mayor of Duluth is in the process of declaring a state of emergency, and sources with the Department of Public Safety say activating the National Guard is a possibility.

Areas that are in line for help include Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties, including the city of Duluth.

"The SEOC is activated to coordinate planning, operations and public information," said Kris Eide, HSEM director. "The SEOC is in contact with local authorities and stands ready to provide state resources as necessary to keep Minnesotans and our infrastructure safe." 

Current flood-related developments include:

  • The town of Thomson is partially evacuated at this time.
  • The city of Duluth is advising the public to limit travel to emergency situations.
  • 911 service is out in Lake County. Residents requiring emergency services need to take the following steps:
    -If you have a 475 number contact Hovland fire at 218-475-2352;  If you have 663 number call Lutsen at 218-663-7002: If you have a 388 number call Gunflint 218-388-0313
  • The office of Minnesota Management and Budget is reporting all state offices in the executive branch in the city of Duluth will be closed until noon today.
  • Employees and the public are asked to monitor www.bereadymn.com

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