Publication Date July 13, 2016 | Duluth News Tribune

Swamped: Floodwaters wash out roads, prompt state of emergency...

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The Bad River reached a record level near Odanah, according to the National Weather Service — cresting at 27.28 feet on Tuesday. The previous record was 22.20 feet, set in 1946. Farther upstream, floodwaters from the river forced the closure of Copper Falls State Park near Mellen.

The White River near Ashland also reached a record crest — 8.54 feet, topping the previous record of 7.9 feet set in 1953.


The Bayfield County Sheriff's Office reported that an Illinois man died and his wife was rescued after their vehicle was submerged in floodwaters about 3 miles east of Cable.

Authorities said that at about 11 a.m., Delmar Johnson, 84, of Tower Lakes, Ill., was attempting to turn his vehicle around where County Highway M was blocked by a washout. His wife, Caryljean Johnson, was a passenger