Residents still evacuated from flooded Duluth area

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Associated Press

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 22 at 3:01 PM

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Emergency officials in Minnesota say it's still not safe for evacuated residents to return to their homes in the low-lying areas near Duluth.

Police say roads in Fond du Lac could still be unstable and there's still standing water. The city is trying to come up with a plan to allow residents back to their homes by Monday.

The U.S. Coast Guard has been helping rescue efforts around Duluth. The agency says it used a helicopter to pluck five people from waters raging through the town of Thomson on the St. Louis River last night. A Coast Guard airboat helped rescue another 12 people in Fond du Lac.

Farther south, some neighborhoods in the town of Moose Lake are reachable only by boat. Dozens of homes, a high school, a campground and a sewer station have been swamped. Volunteers have been filling sandbags, but flood waters are still rising.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is closing three locks in the Twin Cities to recreational boats because of rising water on the Mississippi River. The Corp says it expects to close the locks to commercial traffic as well.

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APPHOTO MNDUH101: Moose Lake (Minn.) High School, top, along with the the Moose Lake RV park and campground, are almost completely engulfed in floodwaters from rising Moose Horn Lake on Thursday afternoon, June 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Duluth News Tribune, Bob King) (21 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO MNDUH120: Doug Weisert, center left, of Moose Lake hands Vern Anderson of Moose Lake a sandbag while sandbagging in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen in Moose Lake, Minn., Thursday, June 21, 2012. The waters of the Moose Horn river overflowed in to parts of Moose Lake after record rainfall hit the area. Several homes and business were flooded. (AP Photo/The Duluth News-Tribune, Clint Austin) (21 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO MNDUH122: A submerged mail box is the only sign of the driveway for this flooded home on Lakeshore Drive in Moose Lake, Minn., Thursday, June 21, 2012. The waters of the Moose Horn river overflowed in to parts of Moose Lake after record rainfall hit the area. (AP Photo/The Duluth News-Tribune, Clint Austin) (21 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO MNDUH126: Randy Sarvella of Moose Lake walks trough flood waters after refueling water pumps at his brother's house Thursday in Moose Lake. The waters of the Moose Horn River overflowed in to parts of Moose Lake after record rainfall hit the area. (AP Photo/The Duluth News-Tribune, Clint Austin) (21 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO MNDUH107: Clay-laden waters from the Duluth-Superior Harbor Basin pour out past the Aerial Left Bridge, through the ship canal and into Lake Superior on Thursday afternoon, June 21, 2012, in Duluth, Minn. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who toured flood-ravaged areas on Thursday, said he was committed to providing state resources, and would work to speed the process of getting appropriate federal aid. Duluth's mayor, Don Ness, estimated that there was $50 million to $80 million in damage caused to the city's public infrastructure alone. (AP Photo/Duluth News Tribune, Bob King) (21 Jun 2012)

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