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Flood Cleanup Begins In Dell Rapids

October 1, 2010, 5:51 PM by Jon Wilson

Flood Cleanup Begins In Dell Rapids
DELL RAPIDS, SD - Water still covers the road in Renner, while the Big Sioux River is dropping in Dell Rapids.  In one waterlogged neighborhood, flood prevention has now become a salvage operation for some.

Street sweepers are replacing boats at the corner of 1st and Orleans in Dell Rapids after a rain-swollen Big Sioux River broke through its banks last weekend flooding all of the homes in this area.

"It's been an arduous week to say the least," Bryan Hobaugh said.

He noticed water coming up from his basement floor last Friday morning. Once the water started rising, a few sandbags couldn't keep it from coming in.

"Yea, we put 'em around the cellar opening here to try to keep the water out," Hobaugh said.

By Sunday, the basement was full but the river started going down and Hobaugh hoped the worst was over.

"Well, it came back up.  Then came back up again and went back down, then came up a little more," Hobaugh said.

It has been a week since the last rainfall in Dell Rapids and the Big Sioux is nearly back in its banks.  And now many homeowners are discovering what that high water left behind.

Hobaugh had just enough time to move his furnace to higher ground before the water came rushing in last weekend.

"There's several that didn't get pulled out though," Heating and Air Conditioning Technician Cody Wilmarth said.

As a result, Wilmarth has been working around the clock ever since the Big Sioux crested.

"We were down here at 12:30 in the morning Friday night tearing out furnaces," Wilmarth said.

And spending much of this week putting them back now that the power is back on.

"Our neighbors have been awesome through this whole thing.  And the fire department in Dell Rapids has been amazing," Hobaugh said.

Now it's time to clean up and wait.

"We'll see what kind of winter we have I guess, then do it all again this spring," Hobaugh said. 

Wilmarth says a homeowner can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars by moving their furnace out of the basement before floodwaters move in.

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