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People, zoo animals flee Minnesota city flooding

Jun 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: World News

Exhausted and depressed, Michelle Henry sat in a Red Cross shelter, filling out paperwork and worried about what she’ll find when she is able to return to her flooded Fond du Lac home.

Henry, her boyfriend and their two kids were among the 250 residents told to evacuate their neighborhood Wednesday after torrential rains dumped as much as 10 inches in Duluth and surrounding areas, washing out roads, flooding a local zoo and leading the governor to declare a state of emergency.

“It’s hard,” Henry, 26, said Wednesday night after her family walked into the shelter carrying a pile of pillows and blankets. “It’s not fun. We were soaked, but other than that, we’re OK. … I’m more worried about the pictures and stuff we can’t replace — the baby pictures, baby books.”

She hoped she’d be allowed to return to her home Thursday to assess the damage. Gov. Mark Dayton also planned to tour damaged areas of this northeastern Minnesota city Thursday. The National Weather Service said the heaviest rain over the next couple days would be to the east, and Duluth would see a 50 percent chance of rain again Saturday.


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