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Duluth residents start cleanup after "biblical" flood

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DULUTH, Minn. (KMSP) -

Emergency crews loaded up on airboats, with roads along the St. Louis River in Duluth still too dangerous to travel on.

The only way police can check upon residents who stayed behind is by water.

In the Fond du Lac neighborhood of the city, roughly 50 people are still in their homes.

"We've brought a number of people out," said Duluth Police Department officer Leigh Wright. "There's been no real emergency rescue or anything."

In other sections of the Northwoods, the river still rages.

"This is like 10 times normally what it would be," said Northland resident John Sklak.

On Fridays, news crews were allowed into Jay Cooke State Park just out side of Duluth, where Sklak called the damage "devastating."

Scenic Highway 210 is a complete washout, another victim of this week's historic flash floods.

"Look at the devastation that's here. This stuff won't be replaced in a year," said Sklak. "This is biblical proportions right now."

For Dave Sobczak, the floods hit particularly close to home.

"We just kept praying… don't break the first floor," he said.

His pumps are still churning, though he isn't sure what's next.

"You say it's just things, but things mean things to people," Sobczak said."

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