• Duluth Area Flooding Update and Relief Efforts


    On June 19th, 2012, the communities in and around Duluth, MN were ravaged by a “100-year storm”. Extreme flooding of historic levels ripped up roads and bridges and overwhelmed area drainage systems which resulted in many flooded homes and businesses.  Fortunately, Sansio’s corporate headquarters and its employees are fine, but our community took a pretty big hit, something we will be reminded of for many years as infrastructure gets rebuilt.  The Duluth News Tribune shows several aerial photos that depict the enormity of this event and there are several tweets with pictures using #duluthflood.

    As part of corporate stewardship, Sansio is helping Duluth area restoration efforts by matching its employees financial donations to key organizations that are helping families and the community. “We recognize that many families and non-government affiliated community groups may experience hardships due to non-coverage of loss”, states Sansio CEO Dale Pearson. “Personal contributions are being made by several employees, so we thought it would be a good idea for Sansio to match these funds. I’d like to challenge other businesses to model similar employee match programs and help fund the extraordinary task of recovery for area families and community organizations.”

    Helping Families

    The Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross has been actively providing shelter, food, and assistance to families affected by the flooding.  If you would like to help people in the Duluth area affected by this disaster, contributions may be sent to:

    The Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross
    2524 Maple Grove Road
    Duluth, MN 55811

    Helping the Community

    Duluth’s Lake Superior Zoo was one of the local organizations that was very impacted by flooding. Despite heroic efforts of zoo staff working through the night, sadly, the zoo lost several animals and suffered significant damage to their facility.


    The infrastructure damage to the zoo is still being assessed but could be in the millions. Rebuilding will take significant human and financial efforts. As a strong supporter of local community resources like the zoo, Sansio is matching its employee’s financial donations to the Lake Superior Zoo Flood Relief Effort and would encourage others to thoughtfully consider helping restore our non-profit zoo with time, talent, and financial gifts.

    Sansio setup a special fundraising page on GiveMN.org with a goal of $10,000 by which financial donations go directly to the Lake Superior Zoological Society Flood Relief Efort. We appreciate those who supported this cause.