After devastating floods, officials hope changes have made a Lake Superior harbor more resilient

Wisconsin Public Radio

By Danielle Kaeding


Severe storms dropped up to 10 inches of rain in just 24 hours across northern Wisconsin on July 11, 2016. The rains sparked a flood that's linked to several deaths and caused more than $41 million in damage to homes, businesses and roads. Saxon Harbor in Iron County was among areas hardest hit by flood waters that destroyed its marina and campground.

Local, state and federal leaders recently marked efforts to restore the harbor during a grand opening celebration. They hope changes made at Saxon Harbor will prevent damage from more frequent, intense storms due to climate change.


Scientists have found climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of rains that raise the risk of flooding that can lead to injuries and deaths like those witnessed at Saxon Harbor.

In the last decade, northern Wisconsin has witnessed three floods that are only supposed to occur once every 500 to 1,000 years.


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