Remembering the 2012 flood: What went wrong and the post-disaster rebuild

Remembering the 2012 Flood- sINFRASTRUCTURE
Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 7:46 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - The storm that hit a decade ago did more than $100 million in damage to the city’s infrastructure.

Damage from above shows the power of rushing water.
Damage from above shows the power of rushing water.(kbjr)

A big part of the problem, the water infrastructure ahead of the flood was more than 100 years old.

It massively failed, leading to catastrophic destruction.

That made the rebuild key.

After the flood, bigger, stronger and more efficient pipes and culverts were installed around Duluth.

The city also used grants to buy up about 30 homes and properties that flooded in different parts of town, demolished the houses and turned the properties into green areas, where water can collect and more efficiently drain.

KBJR6′s Dan Wolfe takes a look back at what went wrong 10 years ago, and how ready we are for the next flood.

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