Sappi, the largest employer in the city of Cloquet, Minnesota, has temporarily shut down its paper mill due to rising waters along the St. Louis River.
The mill was evacuated as a precautionary measure after videos circulated on social media showing the unusually elevated river gushing through a dam and partially spilling over a breakwall behind the plant. The St. Louis River is expected to rise further and could impact buildings along River Gate Road. There were no reports of damage, but it is unclear how long the closure will last or how it will impact operations and employees. The mill employs approximately 720 workers. The National Weather Service in Duluth warned that additional liquid accumulations of more than 1 inch will aggravate ongoing flooding issues along local rivers and creeks.
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