St. Louis County declares state of local disaster area; roads reopening update

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 Administration • 100 North Fifth Avenue West, Room 202 • Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: (218) 726-2450 •

Kevin Z. Gray
County Administrator




April 25, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT: Dana Kazel, Communications Manager

218-725-5049 (office) • 218-591-2219 (cell)


St. Louis County Board declares State of Local Disaster Area; five more roads able to re-open

The quick melt of this winter's record-setting snow led to flooding issues and damage in various parts of St. Louis County this April. The St. Louis County Board on Tuesday approved a resolution declaring a State of Local Disaster. The declaration allows the Sheriff's Emergency Management Division to seek funding assistance from the state and FEMA on behalf of itself along with cities, townships, unorganized areas, and public utilities within the county.


County staff are working with local jurisdictions to gather and submit damage assessment estimates to the State of Minnesota Homeland Security Emergency Management
Division. If approved by the state, funding would help reimburse costs to repair damaged public infrastructure and other flood response expenses.

Meanwhile, St. Louis County Public Works has been able to continue re-opening roads as water levels recede and repairs can be made. Five more roads have been able to re-open this week. Nine roads remain closed. A map showing current road closures, as well as other resources related to flooding, can be found at This map also includes forest service roads maintained by the county's Land and Minerals Department.


Here is the current list of roads closed due to unsafe conditions caused by high water. Any roads that were closed but now reopened are shown with a strike through line.


District 4 (northern St. Louis County)

  • Waisanen Road/CR 362 from Palo Tia/CR 558 to Hwy 21 - reopened Tuesday
  • Murray Road/CR 931 from Hwy 22 to Gustafson Road/CR 931 - reopened Monday
  • Kaunonen Lake Road/CR 796 from Hwy 21 to Salo Road/CR 615 - reopened Wednesday morning
  • Anton Road/County Road 492 from State Hwy 73 west to end of road - reopened Tuesday afternoon
  • Hayland Road/CR 969 from Hwy 21 to Forest Road/CR 969 reopened Tuesday afternoon
  • Pike Rd/CR 365 from Hwy 21 to Taylor Road/CR 303 reopened Tuesday afternoon
  • Wiseman Road/CR 411 between Rivers and Tarkman Roads - reopened Sunday morning

District 5 (Duluth and surrounding townships)

  • CR 166 from Hwy 5 to Stenstrom Road
  • Seville Road between Caribou Lake and Solway Roads
  • Hwy 8 between Hwy 33 and South MacArthur Road
  • Pine Drive from Fond Du Lac Sand and Gravel to Anderson Road - reopened Monday
  • Caribou Lake Road between Hwy 194 and Seville Road - reopened Friday
  • Rose Road between Caribou Lake Road west to end of road - reopened Friday
  • Castle Road between Schultz and McCumber Roads - reopened Friday
  • West Lismore Road between Lavaque Road west to end of road - reopened Friday
  • North MacArthur Road between Shipley and Birch Roads - reopened Friday
  • Munger Shaw Road between Seville Road and Hwy 53 - reopened Wednesday afternoon
  • Paupores Road between Nygard Road and Hwy 2 - reopened Wednesday afternoon
  • St. Louis River Road between Erickson and Ikola Roads - reopened Wednesday morning
  • Two Harbors Road from Culbertson to Hill Road - reopened Monday afternoon
  • Seville Road between Vibert Road and Hwy 33 - reopened Tuesday afternoon
  • App Road between West Kinfe River Road and Two Harbors Farm Fox intersection reopened Sunday afternoon

District 6 (Central St. Louis County including quad cities)

  • Brimson Toimi Road/CR 353 from Town Line Road/Hwy 16 to Little Creek Road 
  • Bodas Road/Hwy 95 from Long Lake Road/CR 390 to McKinley Road/CR 336 - reopened Tuesday
  • South Barker Road/CR 335 from Bodas Road/Hwy 95 to Box Elder Road/CR 342reopened Tuesday
  • Hwy 15/Munger Shaw Rod from Tanttu Road to Correction Line Road - reopened Friday 
  • Lindstrom Road between Hwy 52/Comstrock Lake Road and Randall Road - reopened Friday 
  • Hwy 15/Munger Shaw Road, half mile south of Comstock Lake Road - reopened Friday
  • Hwy 83/Carlson Road, 2.5 miles west of County Road 213/McDavitt Road - reopened Wednesday morning
  • Hwy 28/Sax Road, 1.2 miles west of Hwy 207/Stickney Road - reopened Wednesday morning
  • Macon Road from Fraser Road to about 3140 Macon Road - reopened Tuesday afternoon
  • Hwy 49/Three Lakes Road from Munger Shaw Road to 2 miles east - reopened Tuesday afternoon
  • County Road 315 between County 317/Wolf Road and County Road 756reopened Saturday morning
  • Allavus Road/CR 592 from 9398 Allavus Road to Macon Road/CR 313 - reopened Monday afternoon
  • Gavin Road bridge crossing Mud Hen Creek, 1.2 miles south of Hwy 16 to a quarter mile south of West Williams Road - reopened Tuesday afternoon
  • County Road 979/Linstrom Road, half mile north of Comstock Lake Road - reopened Tuesday afternoon
  • Deer Forest Road near Makinenreopened Saturday morning
  • South Loon Lake Road near Aurora - reopened Monday afternoon
  • Farmers Road, a quarter mile north of Lowe Roadreopened Saturday morning

District 7 (Southwestern St. Louis County)

  • CR 202/203/Owl Avenue from CR 980 to Arkola Road/Hwy 52
  • Hwy 29 north of Meadowlands
  • Creek Road/CR 196 from approximately .5 miles to 1 mile south of Hwy 133
  • Stickney Road approximately 1 mile north of Hwy 52 near Meadowlands
  • Hwy 81 from about a mile west of Hwy 5 to Power Road - reopened Tuesday
  • Hwy 29 at Stremmel Road - reopened Tuesday afternoon
  • County Road 226 approximately 1.4 miles north of Hwy 133 - reopened Tuesday afternoon
  • Hwy 63 west of Hibbing by the Scranton Iron entrance - reopened Monday afternoon
  • CR 442 between Hingley and Bunker Roads - reopened Monday afternoon

Other roads may have signs posted warning of water covering part of the road. In these instances, roads may be down to one lane, but are still considered passable. Roads will be re-opened as they are determined safe.


Anyone encountering unsafe road conditions should call 911 to report the location. Motorists are reminded to not drive through standing water as it can be unclear how deep it is. Also, there could be hazards hidden beneath the surface. People should stay vigilant and use caution near floodwaters, and keep children and pets away from fast moving water. 


St. Louis County Public Works is responsible for maintaining 3,000 miles of County-State Aid Highways (CSAH), County Roads, and Unorganized Township Roads; and 900 bridges throughout the county.