Some Dealing with Flooding After Effects Following Wednesday Rain

Taylor Holt
Updated: March 15, 2019 12:09 PM

It was business as usual on Thursday, prior to opening at Sammy's Pizza in West Duluth. Business as usual, except for some extra duties that needed to be done thanks to Mother Nature.

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Zack Viele with Viele Contracting was outside of Sammy's Pizza since early in the morning. He was chipping away at the ice to help with flooding issues.

"There is ice build-up from the roof drains that caused water to flow back towards the door," Viele said. "So we're chipping all the ice and getting it to flow out to where it is going to go away."

Viele says it's been a busy week for them.

"We've been dealing with driveways plugging up, culverts, and because the culverts are frozen still, water in the ditches are going up around people's driveways and causing a lot of issues,"  Viele added.  He said they even have problems at their shop.

Sammy's Pizza and  Viele Contracting aren't the only ones affected by a thick coat of ice and water. Across the bridge in Superior, flooded sidewalks and roads have made for some travel woes for pedestrians and motorists. 

Earlier this week, residents in the Morgan Park Neighborhood came home to find water under the bridge at 88th Avenue West.  As a precaution, the City closed a portion of the road, and motorists had to take Idaho Street to get into the neighborhood.  Crews worked to clear the water, and 88th Avenue West has been reopened.

Back at Sammy's, the General Manager says he's seen preps for flooding have taken off.

"We had to run to Menards to grab some sandbags, and there was quite the fuss," Nick Jerulle said. "It was a big line of people getting sandbags. They were almost out by the time we got there."

The situation at Sammy's Pizza was minor and they were able to get it under control quickly. 

"Everything has been great. We just had this huge ice mound here, causing us problems and once that got out of the way, we're fine."

Viele says to avoid the flooding issues they've been dealing with it's always good to take care of it before it becomes a problem.


Taylor Holt

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