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'Rare' storm sends torrents of water down Duluth's hillsides as flash floods wash out roads

DULUTH - Twelve years ago this week, this hillside city was hit with a catastrophic flood. On Tuesday, streams and creeks overflowed once again, carving temporary rivers through neighborhoods and flooding tunnels on Interstate 35 as roughly 3 inches of rain fell in just a few hours.

But it appears city efforts fueled by millions in relief aid helped Duluth escape major damage from the unusually heavy rainfall.

Parts of the Iron Range and the North Shore didn't fare as well, with more than 7 inches of rain washing out roads, downing trees and forming walls of waterfalls from rock ledges along Hwy. 61.


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