Duluth photographers reflect on flooding and the way forward for the city

Photos: Duluth dries out after record flooding

Heavy rain caused major flooding in Duluth, Minn. and up the North Shore of Lake Superior. Sinkholes swallowed cars as Duluth’s stormwater system failed under the pressure of a flood not seen in over a century. The city is drying out, assessing damage and seeking a way forward.

Storified by Minnesota Today · Fri, Jun 22 2012 17:37:24

Two days after the flood, photographers from Duluth joined Minnesota Today to discuss their experience covering the flood, share stories from the last 48 hours and look ahead to the challenges  the city will face.
Photo chat: Eyes of the Duluth floodpublicmic
The nine photos below are discussed in the chat.
Several cars were submerged in water at the intersection of Maple Grove Road and Mall Drive in Duluth on Wednesday. Many cars sat in the waters abandoned throughout the day, according to John Goodge. (Photo courtesy: Amanda Hansmeyer)
Duluth residents looking for a good time headed down to the flooded intersection on Maple Grove Road and Mall Drive. After the threat of the flood subsided, the intersection took on a party atmosphere with people wading in water, kayaking and one group even heading into the waters with a motorboat. (Photo courtesy: Amanda Hansmeyer)
Two girls play in the water flooded street on 59th Avenue West in Duluth. Photographer Amanda Hansmeyer said she was drawn to this scene because the girls were playing and engaging with the water, a contrast to other photos she shot throughout the day of people observing the flooding and damages from a distance. (Photo courtesy: Amanda Hansmeyer)
Duluth’s Cody Inn sustained heavy damage from the flood. Guests of the hotel were evacuated from the motel early Wednesday morning. (Photo courtesy: Amanda Hansmeyer)
A young girl photographs a gaping sinkhole near her home in Duluth. (Photo courtesy: Amanda Hansmeyer)
Streets like this one near the top of Vermilion Road in eastern Duluth experienced total wreckage after Wednesday’s flood. (Photo courtesy: John Goodge)
Floodwater eroded Duluth roads causing sinkholes throughout the city, causing some streets to be impassable. (Photo courtesy: John Goodge)
Many Duluth photographers captured scenes of the footbridge in Cogdon Park getting pummeled with water from Tischer Creek. “Normally this walk bridge is several meters over the water,” Duluth resident John Goodge said. (Photo courtesy: John Goodge)
Tischer creek overflowed Wednesday sending raging waters through the 4th St. bridge. (Photo courtesy: Mickey Pearson)
Assessing flood damage with Gov Dayton and Mayor Ness this morning. Cascade Park, Skyline, Vermillion. #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/gp0ar5l3Roger Reinert
After the deluge, a new day dawns in Duluth #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/8Huo3VvrAndrew Krueger
Red Cross: 200 people used emergency shelter last night in Duluth. #duluthfloodMinnesota Today
Elders are rescued from a flooded area in Barnum! #Duluth #flood http://pic.twitter.com/QjuA3zr4Chery Takkunen, Ph.D
An over view of damages caused by rain and flooding. Duluth, Minnesota. http://pic.twitter.com/tabhw1paIrene Torre
Photos: Widespread flooding submerges part of Duluth, North Shore
here is a air view of the mall area during the duluth flood http://pic.twitter.com/qmLLUr7urockstargunit
Via @lydiamaefarber: @GMA #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/WjY7ZMbOmegan.demarais
The water washes the ground away and left the tracks suspended! #igers#ighub#instagood#instamood#instagramers#love#igdaily#iphonesia#instagramhub#followme#photooftheday#instagram#instadaily#picoftheday#bestoftheday#webstagram#iphoneonly#follow#statigram#ignation#instahub#life#duluthflood#superiorwi#superior#superiorwi#disaster#traintracksBitzy Biskitz
Crazy whirlpool! #duluthflood @MNproblems @MnThings @duluthnews http://pic.twitter.com/fnBRzG8DMegan Snyder
It’s official: This is now the flood of record on the St. Louis River at Scanlon. 15.89 beats 15.8 stage 62 years ago. http://pic.twitter.com/TASZk6vtMPR Weather
RT @TylerVerry: Downtown Proctor. #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/Ap3tM2E6Crystal
Knife River, MN Flooding – June 20, 2012karisalc
Tischer creek. #flood2012chrisplys
12 feet deep water in the church tunnel #duluthflood2012 @A_LeGarde http://pic.twitter.com/XRo5pUYuJosh Beery
Funambulism train style. #duluthflood @duluthnews http://pic.twitter.com/C8K96Fc7CresapKayla
Photo of a seal that escaped from the Duluth Zoo overnight & was wandering around the streets from a friends Facebook: http://pic.twitter.com/so0W8zI0Kyle Matteson
@feliciaday I’m currently flooded in my house in Duluth,MN with road collapsing and what do I do? Watch @theguild. http://pic.twitter.com/h4NRJPVBAlex Sampson
Map: Duluth floodingby Will Lager, Minnesota Public Radio Map of flooding in Duluth and surrounding communities Map Legend Heavily affected areas are outline…
A photo of Duluth Tunnels last night during the flood! http://pic.twitter.com/rEb4KkXDKris Gimberlin
RT @ClintonLittle: Landslide on Arlington Road. #DLH #Duluth http://pic.twitter.com/1QcKf6tUBarbi Tvrdik
Live Blog: Duluth Flood Emergency; 8Posted at 8:06 AM on June 20, 2012 by Paul Huttner (0 Comments) Filed under:Flooding 700 AM CDT WED JUN 20 2012 …FLASH FLOOD WARNING RE…
RT @braintrustt: Grandma’s on the hill. #duluthflood @duluthnews http://pic.twitter.com/6AwKzLT7Crystal
RT @dtracy89: Want to get away? RT @RachelAgurkis What is this guy thinking?! Target, Duluth, MN #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/a6FtvBuPBrianne Benson
Speechless. RT @RachelAgurkis: Cody Street Duluth, MN #duluthflood @duluthnews @weatherchannel http://pic.twitter.com/pnTvxAfYTwisterbros
@duluthnews http://pic.twitter.com/1FhMHkvUHeidi Pack
Picture exploring the flood http://pic.twitter.com/SqjWQQOsTodd Fedora
Lester/Amity after #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/z2EDXgJbRogerLaaksonen
St. Louis County public safety scanner feed » http://than.mn/liThan Tibbetts
Flooding at 9am around St. Marie street and Woodland Ave- Duluth, MN Flooding 6-20-2012bestdamnangler
Chester #duluthflood http://instagr.am/p/MGdPIknRfR/Keebs
RT @BeauWalsh: This was my favorite street to walk down. It looks like an earthquake hit! #DuluthFlood http://pic.twitter.com/UlefiJ6ktravishoogheem
#duluthflood #duluth http://pic.twitter.com/XqEoypnoAlexander Nelson
RT @TWCjerdman: Can see storm runoff (brown color) into Lake Superior in this photo. RT @upnorthuffda: Cool lake picture #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/adZVZcFcCindy~
Nothing like kayaking to UMD. RT @k_ogburn Holy fricken rain! This is right by #umd campus.. #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/LpevNEOlBrian Halverson
This is Duluth http://pic.twitter.com/Iex981njSamuel Northrup
Boating down a road. #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/Vgx4JW0BKevin_Schubert7
My Accnt is FLOODED (pun intended) with the Duluth Flood n @justinbieber new cd!! We MAY b winning this1 sorry Biebs 🙂 http://yfrog.com/kgfarhujKimberly Jezierski
RT @kbk1231: Lakeside sinkholes. #duluthf

lood #mntoday http://pic.twitter.com/wDz3HckBNicole Smith

Goat Hill, same intersection, just turn the corner. pic 2/4 http://twitpic.com/9yldp1 #duluthfloodGeorge Harnish
So today is all about watching FB pics of the flood in #Duluth http://pic.twitter.com/ZdYFDKuMLaura Weintraub
yfrog Photo : http://yfrog.com/obb30kogj Shared byby
let’s play soccer #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/SnH3WhPcCierra Slattengren
I thought they said this was a flash flood. Sure looks like a regular flood. http://pic.twitter.com/HWNCs8y5BPearson61
Top of 3rd St West. pic 4/4 http://twitpic.com/9ylku8 #duluthfloodGeorge Harnish
Something isn’t right here #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/HpG4ZAOcAaron Dusek
@duluthnews Midway Road http://pic.twitter.com/2XEmqlCPChelsea Lofald
@duluthnews in Esko off Harney rd http://pic.twitter.com/1rTkAIjtSarah Vigliaturo
MPR News reporter Dan Kraker in Duluth: "It’s bad up here." No travel advised in Duluth area.MPR News
#Duluth #flood http://pic.twitter.com/B9Ph7o5XMelanie Preston
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Flood waters at chester park ripping bark off a tree in its way. #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/18gwNNwcSteve Edwards
Duluth Flood 2012: Swimming in the flooded Krenzen lotEinJihsYyc_O4UyMVPdKDw
Flooded Duluth street. #parkpoint #duluthflood http://instagr.am/p/MGezQsN14F/melody
Lake Superior Zoo spokeswoman: 2 seals escaped zoo this morning in flood, they are now safe and secure… #duluthMPR News
Another sinkhole in downtown Duluth #holyrain #Duluthmn http://pic.twitter.com/RABnor6cJules
Duluth under water! #duluth #floodBri
@webertom1 @DailyCircuit #DuluthFlood Gazebo at Amity Creek’s "The Deeps" 6:30AM http://pic.twitter.com/S0ZqHDIpMichael Rentz
Central Park flowing into the bayfonixmunkee
Flash Flooding Duluth Minnesota Central Hillsidethralow
Flooding on Fourth St by Whole Foods Coop in Duluth, 2 a.m. Weds. #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/zXIyzGU5Andrew Krueger
Miscalculating the size of a "puddle" turned my car first into a boat, and shortly after: a silver island in a raging brown sea. Floating metal dumpsters banged against each other loudly as I waded to higher ground. Who expected to need flood insurance in Duluth?Eric Glen Meyer
Lake Superior Zoo spokeswoman: Some animals in barnyard exhibit died in the flood. Damage to some buildings at zoo. #duluthMPR News
Reporter Dan Kraker in Duluth: Flooding taxing the infrastructure in Duluth — problems with sinkholes, manhole covers…MPR News
Duluth News Tribune: Duluth residents urged by police to stay home, more rain expected.
Major flooding in NE Minnesotaby Dan Kraker, Minnesota Public Radio DULUTH, Minn. – Major flooding in northeastern Minnesota has closed roads, Duluth City Hall and the…
#chestercreek it’s flooding like crazy now – 6 inches of rain last 36 hours more on the way #duluth #floodingnicholas
@madeleinebaran this is just down my street. Sinkhole + car. #dlh http://pic.twitter.com/tQQbkPHOBrian Langlee
yfrog Photo : http://yfrog.com/nvckrgnj Shared by stormchaser4850stormchaser4850
In front of the co op #dlh #flood #mncd8 just now http://pic.twitter.com/sBnS64p1Justin Perpich
Flooding video in Superior’s Central Park: http://youtu.be/Ov-CJBenUIk and http://youtu.be/sOx_wDfgrDc #dlh #duluthflood #dusuRichard K
Superior street #duluth #floodingMike Waldren
Heavy flooding on London Road http://pic.twitter.com/rwcRZZf6Dave Chura
Flash Flood in backyard. http://pic.twitter.com/JfPrgpyjKaren McTavish
1st St. at 7th Ave. E in Duluth – floodwaters rushing downhill. 2:10 a.m. http://pic.twitter.com/48Gfa9yAAndrew Krueger
Car in sinkhole on Skyline Pkwy near 8th Ave E in Duluth. Occupants reported to be safe. #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/nu4wrgTyAndrew Krueger
Driving in a flood. #smart http://pic.twitter.com/1Nkl6w3nJoAnna Carlson
RT @maxcaven: Wow the Duluth area is actually flooding… Stole this pic off someone on FB. Proctor right now – http://pic.twitter.com/tP8XXdNmRick Price
#sky#lights#clouds#colorHope Huffman
This is about what every intersection in Lakeside looks like. http://instagr.am/p/ME_BppRhrD/Derek Montgomery
#raw #duluth #nosnow #minnesota #rubberboots #rain #floodingBen Marwick
Went out into the Duluth flood and snapped a few photos! 3 feet of water on parts of railroad street – http://yfrog.com/oesyzdpMax Caven Photo
Flooding On I35maxcavenphotography
@Ginger_Zee 4 inches of rain in Two Harbors,MN http://pic.twitter.com/gy8ppRgmThat guy
☔⚡������Soooo much rain. Had to find a new way work! http://pic.twitter.com/zJbALRg7Lish
🙁 #duluthflood http://pic.twitter.com/p2lHIz5CKaren McTavish

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