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DULUTH, MINN. - In partnership with GiveMN, the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Lake Superior Zoological Society announced today that they are seeking donations to help Duluth and the surrounding area recover from devastating flooding that occurred on June 20, 2012.

"Hundreds of Minnesotans have been affected by this disaster," said Red Cross, Northland Chapter Executive Director Judy Hanne Gonzalez. "We are helping more than 175 people who are staying in shelters across the region and we rely on the generosity of people throughout the state to do this work."

The Red Cross is operating two shelters and supporting several more in the region. This weekend, the Red Cross will provide mobile feeding, damage assessment and mental health assistance as needed.

The Lake Superior Zoo experienced devastation early Wednesday morning, when more that 10 inches of rain caused severe flooding throughout the Northern Minnesota. Along with the loss of at least 11 animals from the zoo's barnyard petting zoo, many of the zoo's animal exhibits, bridges and buildings have been damaged. The zoo grounds are littered with debris. Structural damage is likely, however it will take time to assess the degree of damage that has occurred. Support is needed now and your donation will make a difference.

Donors can visit and click on homepage link to make a donation to the Lake Superior Zoological Society or the American Red Cross Minnesota Chapter. GiveMN provides donors with a free account to track, organize, and retrieve donation information and tax receipts at any time.