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May 05, 2011 10:00 PM

Water Still Flowing and Flooding In Edmunds Co.

Roscoe, SD


It's been a spring of fighting rising water in Edmunds County, where some families had even been cut off from their homes.

The situation is now improving for some, but that's not the case for everyone.

Over roads, land and anything in between, water in Edmunds County hasn't stopped flowing. The central part of the county is taking in more and more of it from the northwest.

"There's enough water there that we're probably looking at another month or more that we could have running water coming into the area," Emergency Manager Leland Treichel said.

And that water has already done enough damage as it is. It's eroding roads and that's keeping crews with the county busy.

Workers are either building up roads, dumping rock along side them to prevent erosion or working on culverts. And there are still several roads submerged. In fact, there are some areas under water where people have never seen flooding before.

"Everything is full. So if we get any fast, hard rain we'll get a lot of runoff and it will just aggravate the flooding situation we already have," Treichel said.

U.S. Highway 12 east of Roscoe is also in danger of going under water. The department of transportation is monitoring the situation, but since the flooding in that area is something new, it's hard to predict exactly what the water will do.

Back at the county level, crews are trying to keep as many roads above the surface as possible.

"Most of the county roads have taken a real beating this spring," Treichel said. "They're just not what they're supposed to be."

The DOT is working on plan to temporarily raise Highway 12 if that stretch east of roscoe floods. It's also looking into detour routes in case.
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