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Intense flash flooding in Northern Minnesota after more than 6 inches of rain

Intense flash flooding in Northern Minnesota after more than 6 inches of rain

DULUTH – Several areas in Northern Minnesota are under flash flooding warnings Tuesday evening, June 18, after some communities saw upwards of 4 to 6 inches of rain in a six-hour period and the rain continues to fall.

The National Weather Service in Duluth reported the area from Cook to Tower and north, including around Lake Vermilion. As of 6 p.m., the weather service upgraded the flash flood warning for this area to “significant” flooding, noting several state highways are flooded and streets are flooded.

A map from the National Weather Service in Duluth shows the estimated amount of precipitation over a six-hour period on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in areas where flash flood warnings were in effect Tuesday night.

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A map from the National Weather Service in Duluth shows the estimated amount of precipitation over a six-hour period on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in areas where flash flood warnings were in effect Tuesday night.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported there was water over the road on Highway 169 in Hibbing while a detour was in place. The city of Hibbing has already broken the rainfall record set on June 18, with heavy rain still falling, according to the weather service. The streets of the towns there are reportedly flooded with at least a foot of water reaching up to people’s steps.

Authorities are reminding the public not to attempt to travel in these areas unless they are fleeing flooding. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads, especially if the water is moving quickly. It could be especially dangerous tonight as new flood areas could develop as rivers and streams rise.

“Please do not endanger the lives of our first responders,” the weather service said.

A screenshot of the Minnesota Department of Transportation's 511 map showing several areas of flooded roads on June 18, 2024.

A screenshot of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 511 map showing several areas of flooded roads on June 18, 2024.
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