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Duluth area residents still struggling after flood

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THOMSON, Minn. (KMSP) -

Residents of Duluth and the surrounding areas continue to dry out from last weeks flash flooding.

"Pretty much it's gone," said Carlton resident Leola Rudd. "My washer… dryer… everything is pretty much gone."

Despite having to clean up after nine feet of flood waters rushed through her home, she just can't concentrate on herself, because she's the mayor of Carlton.

"I think of the community first, I think of what's going on down in Thomson – that was something to behold."

Today was the first time people who live in Thomson – the tiny town next to Carlton – got a look at the damages.

Buckled roads are only part of the problem. There's no running water or sewer service for the 120 homes here.

It's all too much for the mayor of the small town to take.

"You don't want to know my thoughts," said mayor Lawrence St. Germain.

The mayor knows everyone in town, so he knows the 20 families who will probably have their homes condemned.

The flood water's knocked Armas Koski's house off it's foundation and he doesn't think he'll be able to save it.

But he considers himself lucky because he and his wife were some of the last to leave Thomson as the flood waters rose.

Lori Carpenter risked her life wading through the rushing water, trying to get to her grandmother's house.

"We did what we could and saved what we could," she said.

Sadly, she was not able to save much.

Her 92-year-old grandmother lost 92 years worth of memories, but Carpenter lost nearly everything as well – and she didn't even live here.

"I was five days away from moving into a new house I was building on [highway] 61 and someone decided to burn it down," she said. "I lost my house, though my stuff was okay because I was storing it in my grandmother's garage – and then we have a flood."

What she could save is out in the sun, but unfortunately the effect of the floods will be felt long after things have dried out.

Federal officials will be in the region this week to estimate the damage – which will be in multi-million dollar range.

Regardless, it's going to take a long time before things get back to normal.

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