DULUTH, Minn. - The city of Duluth is setting priorities as it begins to plan repairs to its infrastructure heavily damaged by last week's flooding.
Mayor Don Ness estimates repairs to public property will cost $50 to 80 million. Public works director Jim Benning says at the top of the list for repairs is the West Skyline Parkway.
Washouts along the parkway have left some residents cut off from other parts of the city. Benning says some of the bigger repair jobs will take months.
Mayor spokeswoman Pakou Ly said Monday that contrary to earlier reports the Federal Emergency Management Agency might not be in Duluth until Thursday. In the meantime Ly says city staffers are assessing damage to private property.
A schedule released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) however says that FEMA is still scheduled to be in town Tuesday.
When representatives do visit assessments will be done in 13 counties and the Fond du Lac tribal nation.
Four teams composed of federal officials from FEMA, state officials from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and local officials will tour the following affected areas:
- Tuesday: Cook County, Crow Wing County, Dakota County and Sibley County
- Wednesday: Lake County, Aitkin County, Goodhue County, Meeker County, Kandiyohi County
- Thursday: St. Louis County, Carlton County, Rice County and Pine County
- Friday: Fond du Lac Tribal Nation
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