User uShare 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.

54° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.


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


SDDOT: Bridge Was Blocking Shindler Culvert

February 19, 2014, 5:17 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

SDDOT: Bridge Was Blocking Shindler Culvert

A South Dakota Department of Transportation worker says a decorative bridge was pulled out of the floodwater near one of the Highway 11 culverts in Shindler during the flooding of 2010.

The testimony came on the second day of the trial in the lawsuit between the Shindler homeowners and the South Dakota DOT.

Five Shindler homeowners say the state didn't put the proper drainage in place under Highway 11 which caused a heavy rainstorm to flood out their property on July 30, 2010.

But on Wednesday state DOT worker Bruce Crumb testified that he saw a decorative pedestrian bridge near the culverts and when it was removed the water drained faster.

“What I saw was some of that bridge blocking the culvert,” Crumb said on the witness stand.

Mark Meierhenry, the attorney for the homeowners, says debris is often caught up in floodwater and no one has any idea where the bridge was under the water or if the bridge was even blocking the culvert.

“We don’t know how it blocked or when it blocked,” Meierhenry said.

A local resident pulled the bridge out of the water with a pick-up truck but Crumb says he never witnessed it being removed.

Civil engineer Chad Hanisch, who was called as a witness by the state, said any obstruction would impede the flow.

Hanisch also pointed out that a study conducted in 2012 following the flooding showed that Highway 11 was built to withstand a 50 year rain event which exceeded the standard that requires highways to be built to withstand a 25 year event.

But Meierhenry pointed to a Hydraulic Data Sheet filed by the South Dakota DOT just seven months before the flooding that said Highway 11 in Shindler was only designed to handle an eight year rain event.

South Dakota State Climatologist Dennis Todey is scheduled to testify on Thursday as the trial wraps up.

Previous Story

Next Story



Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Woman Killed In Sioux Falls Home

4/16/2014 6:01 PM

Sioux Falls police are investigating a murder in the southwest part of the city.

Full Story
SF Murder Victim Stabbed, Suspect Got Pills

4/17/2014 10:12 AM

Sioux Falls Police have released the names of the suspect and victim in the city's second homicide of 2014.

Full Story
Missing Girls Case Update On Tuesday

4/15/2014 7:15 AM

Authorities plan to release an update on the investigation into the 1971 disappearance of two South Dakota girls.

Full Story
Remains Found In Car Are Missing Girls

4/15/2014 1:39 PM

After more than 40 years, the families of two missing teenage girls now know what happened to them.

Full Story
Evidence From Car Led Authorities To Cold Case Conclusion

4/16/2014 11:35 AM

A more than 40-year-old cold case has been closed after South Dakota authorities announced on Tuesday the remains found in an old Studebaker submerged...

Full Story


KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED