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Cook County Issues Local Emergency Declaration

May 16, 2022 01:44PM ● By Editor

Grand Marais, MN, May 16, 2022—Cook County, MN, issued a Local Emergency Declaration on May 12, 2022, after flooding damaged roads and culverts in multiple locations around the County.

The damage has led to several road closures, but most roads are now open again as Cook County Highway Department crews continue to make repairs and floodwaters have begun to recede.

A local Emergency Declaration is required to receive Minnesota State and FEMA funds to reimburse the county for damages incurred and repairs to damaged Public Infrastructure. County officials will meet soon with Minnesota State and FEMA personnel to conduct a Preliminary Damage Assessment.

“Some of the affected roads have reopened, while new closures continue to arise,” said Emergency Management Director Mike Keyport. 

Cook County officials continue to monitor the situation. Please report any unsafe road conditions. For additional information, please call Cook County Emergency Management, 218-387-3059 or visit:

About Cook County, MN

Cook County encompasses the sovereign nation of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; the City of Grand Marais; the Townships of Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder; and unincorporated areas in the easternmost part of Minnesota’s North Shore. Cook County Government values transparency and strives to deliver superior services and programs in a fiscally responsible way. We value the dignity of all County residents and seek to create a community that provides opportunity for all. Many of our offices are in the Cook County Courthouse at 411 W 2nd St, Grand Marais 55604. Other departments and facilities, such as the Airport, Community Center, Highway and Sheriff are located nearby. Call 218-387-3000 or visit: 


Contact:  Todd Ford, Public Communications Coordinator, 218-387-3508,
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