I always thought the worst weather I'd see up here were the blizzards in the winter time. Tuesday night I was proven wrong. Stronger than average thunderstorms had been going on most of the week before hand, so the ground was saturated. A couple large bands of storms then rolled through on tuseday. Before I got to work one of the club's 150 yr old elm trees got struck by lightning. Then I watched as the sky turned pitch black over the lake. It stormed off and on through the evening, we had a particularly busy service considering the weather. As I left work around 10 pm, I noticed the storm sewers overflowing. Not just overflowing, but shooting out of the manholes 4-5 feet in the air. There wasn't much going on out in eastern Duluth where I live, but around 1 am there was a serious river flowing down our street. So I moved my car into the driveway to avoid it being swept away. Then people who lived downtown started posting images on facebook. Serious flash flooding, roads being torn up by the water. The local zoo flodded, some lower lying areas turned into giant lakes. The rivers are still rising as of yesterday. Some small sections of skyline parkway are completely cut off because of landslides taking out the road. The Bike trail I take to work along lake superior had some serious washouts, some parts of the sidewalk had barely any ground left underneath them.
Some videos from it:
The third video down was taken a block away from the club I work at.
Roads are still deteriorating, I've been watching the road around a manhole by my house vanish almost at an hourly rate. To make things worse, its been raining most days since.