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DULUTH-Almost two months after dramatic flash flooding swept through the northland The Lake Superior Zoo has already raised more than $100,000 for their recovery effort.
Donations continued coming on Wednesday night during a special event at the Clyde Iron Works.
The event was called Zoo Aid – starting during the afternoon with a family event. It then lead into a concert that evening.
"Well I've been going to the zoo since I was a kid," Zoo Aid visitor Dean Packingham said. "I have not been back yet since the flooding. It was kind of crazy because I worked the night of the flooding issuing flood workings and it was crazy to hear about what was going on at a place I loved."
Put on by Pond Stage Productions, kids visited the event for a fair. For Zoo staff, like membership coordinator Ashley Stalvig, the efforts are more serious. Fundraising to rebuild the zoo could impact the facility for the next 20 to 50 years.
"It's still up in the air. Assessments are still being made. I know we had some more officials out at the zoo doing the digging, inspecting, and looking," Stalvig said.
Bringing back exhibits like Berlin the polar bear could take much more time and money, staff said.
Last weekend an event called "Artists on the Loose" also held a fundraiser with an auction. That event raised $3,000.