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Canton Flood: 'Not A Single Part Of Town Untouched'

June 23, 2014, 4:56 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Canton Flood: 'Not A Single Part Of Town Untouched'
CANTON, SD -

The sound of heavy equipment hard at work could be heard throughout Canton Monday. It’s the result of a rain storm that has forced homeowners to toss their water-logged possessions to the curb.

"It's gone, completely gone. I have to get a new furnace, new water heater, water softener, everything," Canton homeowner Bev Nelson said.

Nelson watched as city crews hauled much of her debris away Monday. Her basement was filled with seven feet of sewage after the Canton water and sewer system couldn't handle the torrential rain that dumped more than eight inches of rain on the city one week ago.

"It was up to my top step in my basement so about a foot from my rafters," Nelson said.

The water in Canton didn't just come from below. A crew from Texas is working at Quintin Sorenson’s home on Monday where the water filled up a window well and came in from above.

"It was coming in that window there, two streams coming in, and then I opened the window and then it did come in," Sorenson said.

"There's not a single part of town that went untouched by any of this," Canton City Manager Sean Pederson said.

City officials say more than half the town has water damage. Starting Monday crews are taking dump trucks and front-end loaders down the streets to pick up all the debris.

"We're asking folks if they have the means to bring all their damaged goods out to the curb," Pederson said.

Pederson hopes crews will make one pass through the entire city by the end of the week. As far as declaring Canton a disaster area, he says officials are still working on that.

"A lot of that hinges on the next few weeks and what is done and determining what the valuation of that damage is. So, any of that information will come in the next few weeks," Pederson said.

Right now, Nelson is glad to have some of her debris gone as she continues to clean up.

"It's just a big mess; a big headache," Nelson said.

Residents who have been flooded in Lincoln County and Canton are being asked to call 211 to report any damage and report if they need any help cleaning up after the flood.

Cash donations for the flood relief can be dropped off at city hall and made out to the Dienema Community Foundation in Canton. Donations can also be mailed to 210 N. Dakota, Canton, SD, 57013.

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