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Floods drive Willow River evacuation; Moose Lake an 'island'

Posted at 12:38 PM on June 21, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Weather

The rain is over but the cascading effects of Wednesday's torrents continue.

Officials in Willow River in Pine County are now evacuating residents, the state Homeland Security Department says.

Earlier, we reported a key bridge into Moose Lake had been closed over concern about flood-related damage.

Homeland Security now says state public safety officers are working traffic control in Moose Lake, "which has become an island, surrounded by flood water."

Willow River is about 13 miles from Moose Lake, which is more than 40 miles from Duluth. The problems caused by the deluge are widespread across northeastern Minnesota.


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Paul Tosto

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.