Port of Duluth-Superior Remains Open After Torrential Rains
Posted at: 06/21/2012 8:10 PM
By: The U.S. Coast Guard
The Port of Duluth-Superior remains open after major flooding struck in and around Duluth-Superior on Wednesday. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency and directed the Minnesota National Guard to help the region cope after more than 9 inches of rain fell across areas of northeastern Minnesota. There were no immediate reports of major pollution, deaths or serious injuries.
The Coast Guard continues to work closely with the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as state and local partners, to monitor possible impacts to navigation interests in the Duluth-Superior Harbor, ensure the safety and security of mariners as vessels transit through the Port, and mitigate any potential maritime environmental impact as a result of high water.
Coast Guard crews in Duluth continue to conduct harbor patrols and position search and rescue, pollution response and aids to navigation assets for post storm response as necessary. Arial assets are also providing over flights to assess population concerns, damage, and identify potential pollution sources in areas where severe flooding has occurred.
An Army Corps of Engineers emergency survey of shoaling conditions will be conducted in the Superior Harbor Basin in the vicinity of Nemadji River outflow near Superior shipping entrance and in other portions of the navigable channel around St. Louis Bay. Mariners are urged to exercise caution while transiting the Duluth-Superior Harbor due to hazards as a result of high water, strong currents, and large floating or protruding debris. Army Corps of Engineers is working with the Coast Guard on debris removal.
Any questions regarding this press release may be directed to Marine Safety Unit Duluth’s Public Affairs Officer at (218) 720-5286 ext. 9138.