FEMA grant money to repair Duluth-area wastewater system

9:24 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency will shell out $2.012 million to repair damage to wastewater interceptor caused by last summer's massive storm and flooding, according to Eighth District Congressman Rick Nolan.

The money will cover 75 percent of the cost to the repair the interceptor on a section of the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District's Scanlon station.

The damage was caused during the wave of storms in the Duluth area from June 14-21.

The interceptor is a 36-inch ductile iron pipe that carries wastewater from a location on East Highway 61 in Thompson Township to the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District Knowlton Creek Pump Station in West Duluth.

According to FEMA, the District also intends to replace an additional 265 linear feet of nearby corroded pipe segments and renovate some existing manholes.

"This FEMA grant is significant and welcome, but there is clearly much more to be done to repair more than 300 bridges, hundreds of miles of roads and many more infrastructure-related needs throughout the Eighth District," Nolan said in a news release.

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