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Duluth flood: It's record-setting

Posted at 6:20 AM on June 21, 2012 by Jon Gordon

"All time greatest 24 hour rainfall for Duluth?" asks Paul Huttner on Updraft. "Looks like it.
Highest flood ever on the St. Louis River and many other North Shore streams? Likely."

Huttner has some facts about the storm:

10.10" Highest observed rainfall total (Reported by an NWS employee 4 mi NE of Duluth)

7.24" Preliminary storm total at Duluth NWS office
(Likely the all time greatest 24 hour rainfall total on record for Duluth)

5.79" previous all time 24 hour rainfall record in Duluth (August 22 & 23, 1978)

16.14 feet - new "flood of record" on the St. Louis River at Scanlon
(As of 4:30pm Wednesday)

15.8 feet - Previous flood of record from 1950 (62 years ago)

20120620_dmflood15_53.jpgDuluth, Minn. -- Brewery Creek burst through a retaining wall adjacent to the Whole Foods coop Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding in Duluth, Minn. (Derek Montgomery for MPR)


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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.