100s of volunteers clean up at Lake Superior Zoo 25 Jun 12

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – The cleanup is under way at Lake Superior Zoo. Hundreds of volunteers have showed up this weekend to help clean up the mud and debris left behind by the recent deluge and its resulting flooding.

Flood waters had engulfed the zoo Wednesday. About a dozen animals in a barnyard exhibit were killed, and a polar bear and two harbor seals temporarily escaped.

The receding water left behind branches, debris and thick muck. Zoo chief executive Sam Maida says 200 volunteers arrived to clean up Saturday, with another 150 signed up Sunday. He says he’s grateful for their help.

Maida tells the Duluth News Tribune it’s too early to know when the zoo will reopen. He says the Fourth of July is a good target.