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June 27, 2014 12:01 PM

Judge Rules State At Fault For Flooding In Shindler

Sioux Falls, SD

A Sioux Falls judge says the State of South Dakota is at fault for the flooding caused in the small town of Shindler in 2010.    

This decision was handed down before noon on Friday following a trial that was held in February. Shindler homeowner Mark Long and his neighbors argued that the state of South Dakota flooded their property in July of 2010 because officials didn't plan for adequate drainage underneath Highway 11.

Judge Pat Riepel agreed with the homeowners in her ruling.  In her decision, Judge Riepel pointed out that Highway 11 has been unchanged since it was constructed in 1949 and says that the state didn't sufficiently plan for drainage under the road.

"The culverts through the roadbed are of insufficient size to handle the drainage needs of Spring Creek Tributary," Riepel wrote in her decision.

The flooding that prompted the lawsuit happened four years ago but the same area flooded last week when Sioux Falls received heavy rain.

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