Duluth mayor to declare state of emergency 20 Jun 12

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Duluth Mayor Don Ness says he plans to declare a state of emergency because of serious flooding in his northeastern Minnesota city.

Ness tells The Associated Press he plans to issue the order later Wednesday morning. He says it will help communicate the severity of the problem to the public and start the process of obtaining federal disaster aid.

The mayor says the city is encouraging people to stay home, both because of the amount of standing and rushing water from heavy rains overnight, and the difficulty in spotting hidden hazards. He says they’re also discouraging anyone from traveling into the city and through the city, both for their personal safety and so that they stay out of the way of emergency and maintenance crews.