Duluth Still Recovering 1 Year after Flash Flood

Updated: 06/19/2013 8:02 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

A year ago today, too much rain began to fall in Duluth. Homes and cars became submerged under water as up to 10 inches of rain fell in some areas in less than 48 hours.

More than 1,700 homes were damaged during that flash flood, and many homeowners didn’t have flood insurance. The city is still in the thick of repairing the streets and infrastructure.

One of the hardest-hit areas was the Lake Superior Zoo; water surged there, taking the lives of many zoo animals, including six sheep, four goats, a donkey and an owl. The seals were found outside the zoo, pushed by the flood water, and the polar bear escaped his exhibit.

A year later, the zoo is moving forward. The seals were moved to Como Zoo in St. Paul, and the polar bear is in Kansas City.

Lake Superior Zoo added new sheep, goats, a miniature jack donkey, and two owls.

Watch our previous coverage in the video box above.