Damage Reporting Information

 
 

flooded property

St. Louis County is assisting residents and townships affected by flooding and high water situations. 
 

The St. Louis County Board declared a state of local emergency on May 17, 2022.

Below are resources for individuals and government jurisdictions affected by this situation:

For property owners: If your property sustained structural damage due to recent flooding, use this form to submit your information

The St. Louis County Assessor’s office will be conducting site inspections for potential tax relief on July 28-29.

The inspections will involve reviewing any assessable structures damaged by the flooding and a determination of the level of damage for each structure.  The inspections will not include personal property such as docks, driveways, septics/wells, or the land itself.

The property owner does not need to be present for these inspections; however, if they are available, the Assessor’s office welcomes interior damage inspections and any additional information pertaining to surrounding impacted properties.

An abatement application for properties eligible for tax relief will be left with the taxpayer or placed in an envelope in the door. This application must be returned to the St. Louis County Assessor’s office by August 31. Otherwise we cannot process the abatements or credits for which a property owner may qualify.

For any questions or to schedule an appointment with the Assessor’s office, call (218) 749-7149.

FEMA has already collected information from submissions filed by July 15. It has not yet been determined if federal or state aid will be made available to private property owners.

Disposal of used sandbags: Used sandbags are considered contaminated because of bacteria and other pathogens in flood water. They should be disposed of properly to avoid creating additional health and environmental problems. Sand should not be emptied out for use on beaches or in yards.

St. Louis County Public Works and contractors will provide free curbside pickup of used sandbags on four consecutive Wednesdays in the Crane Lake, Kabetogama and Ash River areas. Leave sandbags at the end of driveways by these dates to be collected:  

  • July 27
  • August 3
  • August 10
  • August 17
Property owners also may haul bags to an established drop-off site. These drop-off sites are for sandbags only. 
  • Kabetogama Town Hall, 9707 Gamma Road
  • Anderson Outfitters, 7255 Crane Lake Road, Crane Lake
  • Frontier Resort, 10141 Ash River Trail, Orr
Questions about sandbag disposal options? Contact St. Louis County Emergency Management at 218-625-3960 or email johnsond@stlouiscountymn.gov.
 

Disposal of flood-damaged materials and debris:
During the week of July 25, St. Louis County Environmental Services will accept, free of charge, storm‐related debris that is sorted, at the following canister locations:

  • Ash River Canister Site, 11391 Ash River Trail - open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Kabetogama Lake Canister Site, 10280 Gamma Road - open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Portage Canister Site, 6992 Crane Lake Road - open Tuesday, 2-6 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, 1-5 p.m., and Sunday, 3-6 p.m.

Any materials being dropped off must be separated into five categories: large appliances, electronics, household hazardous waste, demolition materials, and household garbage. View the downloadable flier.

For more information, visit stlouiscountymn.gov/garbage or call the toll free number for St. Louis County Environmental Services: 1-800-450-9278. An additional week for free disposal of flood-damaged materials may be added later this summer if there appears to be need.

People cleaning up after a flood should remember to protect themselves by wearing waterproof gloves and washing themselves with soap and water afterward.

 
Private water wells contaminated with flood water can pose a health risk. MDH recommends that well owners take precautions before possible flooding, and take corrective actions should a well be flooded. Flooded Wells - EH: Minnesota Department of Health (state.mn.us)
 
Septic systems inundated with flood water can pose a health and safety risk, as well as cause potential damaging impacts to the system and its performance of wastewater treatment. The MPCA recommends actions property owners can take as prevention before flooding, during a flood and after flood water recedes. What to do with your septic system during a flood (state.mn.us)

 

 

For government jurisdictions: St. Louis County Emergency Management is compiling damage reports from townships and other jurisdictions, and will apply for state/federal assistance if the damage amounts reach eligible thresholds. Questions regarding public infrastructure damage from government agencies can be directed to Emergency Operations Manager Dewey Johnson at 218-726-2936. Completed forms should be emailed to johnsond@stlouiscountymn.gov

View road closures: This map shows roads in St. Louis County that are maintained by our Public Works or Land & Minerals Departments that are currently closed due to flooding or other weather-related causes. 

Weather updates: Forecast from the National Weather Service Rainy River Basin (weather.gov)