Duluth Flood Recovery

On June 19 and 20, 2012, the City incurred significant flood damage to its infrastructure due to an unprecedented rain event. The City has been awarded grants from various sources to repair flood damaged roads, bridges, facilities, parks, and streams. Additional flood damage work estimated to be $1.8 million remains to be completed as of June 1, 2017.

Flood Costs

Flood Projects Project Amount
Bridges $4,046,471
Enger Park Golf Course $953,096
Facilities $62,512
Fire and Police $193,452
Grant Administration $324,213
Land Acquisition $3,520,968
Parks and Trails $3,252,190
Spirit Mountain $578,076
Steam Plant $507,016
Stream Restoration $6,656,843
Street Maintenance $23,589,840
Utility Ops & Stormwater $2,829,499
Zoo $832,743
Grand Total $47,346,920


Flood Funding



Duluth 2012 Flood in the News

Climate Cast: Can cities prepare for extreme weather? (Interview with Mayor Don Ness on MPR News, May 22, 2014)

Duluth, NE Minn. counties receive new flood recovery funding (MPR News, February 27, 2014)

Before and after photos: 2012 flood damage, recovery in Duluth, northeast Minnesota (MPR News, June 19, 2013)

Duluth's flood recovery will involve upgrades to sewers, fish habitat (Star Tribune, June 9, 2013)

Damages and Repairs to Duluth's Stormwater Infrastructure - Story After the Storm (Presentation by Chris Kleist, City of Duluth, February 19, 2013)