Not Enough Storm Damage for State Aid

Created: November 01, 2019 10:47 PM

City leaders have added up the numbers, and Duluth is on its own to pay for damage from the Oct. 21 storm.


This was the fourth storm to rip apart Duluth's shoreline in the last few years.  Once again, the storm pried up rocks and caused brief flooding near the lake.

Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj says the city and St. Louis County assessed the damage to infrastructure and found it's about $300,000.  That's not enough to qualify for state help.

The good news is that the repairs made after previous storms held up this time around.

"It held up as we designed, as we expected. I think it's a real testament to the planning that they did and mitigation work that they've done to secure that area for future storms,” Krizaj said.

"We're not expecting there to be the issues in those areas again and that goes for the area behind the DECC as well behind the DECC and the aquarium and some of the other areas that were not part of the storm restoration but were part of the other seawall project, all of that held up really well," he said.

Krizaj says they hope to complete these new repairs as soon as possible.

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