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Published June 20, 2012, 07:04 PM

Heavy rainfall and flash floods have left Duluth in ruins

Duluth, MN (WDAY TV) - Heavy rainfall and flash floods have left parts of the city of Duluth in ruins.

Heavy rainfall and flash floods have left parts of the city of Duluth in ruins. With all the damage, debris, and popped manholes, Mayor Don Ness has declared a state of emergency.

Roads are crumbling, homes and business are flooded, and many animals at the zoo have died. 10 inches of rain has fallen so far, and there is still more rain in the forecast. The national weather service has issued Flash-flood warnings in the Duluth and North Shore areas until 10:30 tonight.

Dozens of roads are closed, bridges are washed out, and pavement is buckling swallowing cars.

Evacuations are underway in the Fond Du Lac neighborhood of Duluth and Thomas Township in Carlton County.

There are Power outages across the city, cell phone and internet service is out in Two Harbors and many roads are impassable.

The Mayor is urging people not to travel or use their phone unless it is an emergency.

Emergency crews rescued an 8-year-old boy this afternoon who was swept five to six blocks through into a culvert in Proctor. He had some cuts, but officials say it is a miracle the boy was uninjured.

All but one barnyard animal died at the Lake Superior Zoo died trying to escape the flood waters, the only animal to survive was a polar bear.

Schools and churches are being used as emergency shelters, and three Red Cross Response Vehicles are already en route to help with feeding evacuees.

So far no people have died. Governor Mark Dayton will visit Duluth tomorrow to assess the flood damage. Most of the photos you saw are from the Duluth News Tribune, our sister property. If you would like to see more, log onto our website and click the easy link.