User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


26° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Lt. Gov. Michels Tours Canton Flood Damage

June 26, 2014, 5:55 PM by Perry Groten

Lt. Gov. Michels Tours Canton Flood Damage
CANTON, SD -

South Dakota's lieutenant governor is praising the resilience of flood victims in Lincoln County. Matt Michels toured the damage Thursday in Canton. Michels was part of the effort to assess damage to homes and roads throughout the area. He's urging homeowners who've lost so much to flooding, to set aside their pride and ask for help.

Terri Peterson's water-logged world has turned upside down.

"Boys' TV's, the computers, all their clothes," Peterson said.

Peterson still has water in her basement. Crews are working to fix the damage.

"They're tearing down all the drywall to see if the beams can be saved. Now they're tearing out the ceiling because the water was clear up to the ceiling to see what damage is done up there, mold or anything like that," Peterson said.

South Dakota officials taking stock of the damage realize that no map or chart can measure the human toll of flooding.

"Whenever I look at a board like this, it chokes me up because this is the upper Midwest and this is South Dakota,"Michels said.

Lt. Governor Matt Michels saw for himself the challenges homeowners face.

"It's heartbreaking, at the same time, people have each other, people are hurting we don't have any fatalities so let's keep it that way," Michels said.

Michels says the standing water in Canton poses a health risk to residents. He says those overwhelmed by the cleanup need to contact those who can help out.

"It is not a sign of weakness to reach out for help, it's a sign of strength," Michels said.

"It's been really stressful. We're just taking it day by day, trying to get through it. Thank God we have neighbors to help us. Canton is a wonderful place to live," Peterson said.

A community awash in heartache is trying its best to turn the tide.

"We can lose things, but we don't want to lose individuals we can hug," Michels said.

Michels is reminding Canton homeowners to call 211 to report their damage. About 1,100 homes in Canton alone have been impacted by flooding.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Dominic Fischer Found Dead During Search

12/17/2014 12:07 PM

Searchers discovered the body of Dominic Fischer in a field on Wednesday.

Full Story
Alexis Vanbochove Has Passed Away

12/17/2014 10:47 AM

According to her family, 4-year-old Alexis Vanbochove passed away early Wednesday morning.

Full Story
Grain Bin Collapses In Britton

12/14/2014 5:55 PM

A grain bin in Britton, SD collapsed this afternoon. No one was injured.

Full Story
Don't Jerk And Drive Campaign Pulled

12/11/2014 8:51 PM

A new ad campaign aimed at keeping drivers safe on South Dakota roads, received a bigger negative response than expected.

Full Story
Man Missing After Vehicle Slides Into Ditch

12/16/2014 9:50 PM

Dominic Fischer was one of three people in a vehicle that slid into a ditch due to bad road and weather conditions, several miles north east of M...

Full Story


Events