The scenes of devastation in Duluth and other parts of northern Minnesota this week are incredible. Long periods of rain, falling on already saturated ground, sent water pouring downhill into lakes and streams, overwhelming storm sewers and washing out roads and bridges.
Gov. Mark Dayton has already declared Duluth a state disaster area, and will be seeking federal disaster aid. Duluth Mayor Don Ness estimated damage to the city's infrastructure at $50 million to $80 million, not counting damage to homes and private property. Region wide, the damage estimates are rising above $100 million.
This kind of damage is not cleaned up or fixed up in a few months. It will be years before all the roads and bridges are back to normal.
Minnesota should be ready to support our citizens to the north as they struggle with the loss and work to get their lives back on track.