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July 03, 2014 06:16 PM

Rubble Pile In Canton Continues To Grow

Canton, SD

More than two weeks after a storm damaged most of the homes in Canton, the rubble pile is getting high as homeowners try to clean up. Besides debris, they're throwing out things much more valuable saturated by floodwater and sewage.

A mountain of destroyed memories. That's what stands tall at the rubble pile in Canton.

It just continues to grow.

Children's toys needlepoint and treasured Christmas cards are among the debris ruined by floodwater and raw sewage.  It's been more than two weeks since eight inches of rain fell on the town, damaging an estimated 90 percent of the homes.

We get the license number; we get what rubble they had.

Gary Jones oversees the rubble site.  He says he sees up to 10 loads a day.

"About a load an hour. Sometimes, it runs eight or nine. I'm here nine hours and sometimes people stay afterwards to six o'clock," Jones said.

All of the residential dumpsters are in use too, as families clean up what Mother Nature destroyed with just one storm. While much of what's dropped off is residential debris, it's mixed with things far more valuable.

"There are memories there," Jones said. "There are lives there and stuff. It's sad. It's really sad. Water is probably one of the worst weapons, it's the most destructive thing in the world, it carved the Grand Canyon. Ain't nothing stands in its way.”

Getting rid of the rubble pile could prove challenging.

We called Novak Sanitary Service and the garbage hauler is completely out of dumpsters. It's the first time that's happened in over 30 years.

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