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DULUTH-Flooding damage means Duluth and St. Louis County alone are estimating close to $100 million will be paid for repairs and replacements to crumbling infrastructure.
"The event has affected over three thousand square miles in St. Louis County. It affects about half of our highway system – 670 miles of paved highway and 760 miles of gravel road," Jim Foldesi, Executive Director of St. Louis County Public Works, said.
"At this time we've identified about $12 million worth of site specific locations," Foldesi said.
Other estimates show Duluth Public Works costs are just as serious.
"Just for the storm sewer system it's about $8 million," Jim Benning, Director of Public Works for Duluth, said.
Street repairs for Duluth may be the most costly damage for the city. City crews estimate fixes will costs anywhere from $30-50 million.
Highways in MnDOT's jurisdiction are no better.
"I can say that we've got more than $20 million of damage on the State Highway System," District Engineer Duane Hill said.
And although city official say Duluth's water is safe, major sanitation infrastructure repairs will be needed, Marianne Bohren said.
"Right now we would estimate damage to the sanitary system to be $10 million or possibly higher," Bohren said.
But although the rains are taking so much from the region, neighbors and the Duluth Red Cross continue to give.
"We're operating four shelters right now – one in Duluth, three in Carlton County," Tony Guerra with the Duluth Red Cross said. "And we're here to help the population and we will continue to do a good job."
"It's my home turf and there's motivation behind it this time," Guerra said.
Officials say they are unable to make accurate estimates until more of the standing water has dried out.
In addition, these figures only include public costs. Private homes are not a part of the assessments.