THOMSON, Minn. (WOOD/AP) - Michigan is stepping up to help flooding victims in Minnesota.
The Minnesota governor has declared a state of emergency due to damage estimates reaching $100 million from this week's torrential rains and flash flood in the Duluth area.
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Adam Saurin, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., says the agency brought in an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Traverse City, Mich., to rescue five people from the raging water in the small community of Thomson, southwest of Duluth, on Thursday night. Floodwater prevented residents of the St. Louis River community of 160 from leaving their homes.
Saurin says a Coast Guard airboat from Duluth and another from Bayfield, Wis., helped rescue 12 people from the Fond du Lac neighborhood in Duluth. He says another airboat from the Detroit area is on its way to flood-affected areas.
Duluth officials say it's still not safe for about 200 evacuated residents to return to their homes.
A team of volunteers from the West Michigan Region of the American Red Cross departed Friday to provide support for the flooding relief operation.
The 10 Michigan volunteers are --
-- Berrien County -- Tom and Mary Westgate
-- Grand Rapids -- Charles Nink, Charles Hampton and Clarence Kimbler
-- Kalamazoo -- Robert Lavarack
-- Muskegon -- Ray Vanslyke, Kathy Bertoia and Marlene VanWingerden
-- Ottawa County -- Robert Miller
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