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Remembering the 2012 flood: A look back at the disaster that reshaped the Northland

A look back at KBJR's coverage of the 2012 flood
Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 7:17 AM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - Monday marks the 10th anniversary of the 2012 flood that put much of the Northland in crisis mode.

Former KBJR Chief Meteorologist Adam Clark out in the storm tracking the heavy rains.
Former KBJR Chief Meteorologist Adam Clark out in the storm tracking the heavy rains.(kbjr)

The heavy rain that started falling on the evening of June 19, 2012, was the beginning of one of the costliest severe weather disasters in Northland history.

Flooding inundated the Miller Hill Mall area.
Flooding inundated the Miller Hill Mall area.(kbjr)

Cars fell into massive sinkholes in the middle of Duluth.

Roads and road beds washed away.

Neighborhoods evacuated.

Hundreds of homes damaged and destroyed.

Police checkpoints set up to keep looters out.

It was an event so severe, it permanently altered the landscape across much of Northeast Minnesota and parts of Superior.

KBJR6′s Dan Wolfe takes a look back at KBJR’s coverage of the event in 2012, kicking off our special day long coverage on this 10th anniversary.

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