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Published June 21, 2012, 11:54 AM

Flooding hits hard in northeast Minnesota's Moose Lake

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. (AP) — The town of Moose Lake in northeastern Minnesota has declared a state of emergency after major flooding that a city official says is the worst in its history.

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. (AP) — The town of Moose Lake in northeastern Minnesota has declared a state of emergency after major flooding that a city official says is the worst in its history.

City administrator Mark Vahling says Thursday that at least 30 percent of the city has been impacted by the floods. He says floodwaters that flowed from the north and west after heavy rains Tuesday and Wednesday breached homes and businesses, and forced the closing of a major highway bridge over an inlet into Moosehead Lake.

The Red Cross is setting up a shelter at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Moose Lake. Vahling says there are no reports of injuries or fatalities due to the flood.

Moose Lake has about 2,800 residents and is about 40 miles southwest of Duluth along Interstate 35.

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