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Worthing City Hall May Be Lost After Flooding

June 24, 2014, 5:38 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Worthing City Hall May Be Lost After Flooding
WORTHING, SD -

The dumpsters sitting on the north end of Worthing tell the story of the damage caused by the rain that rolled in last week.

"They just couldn't handle it all. It was the worst I'd ever seen it in 50 years," Worthing resident Bernard Zahn said.

Zahn had knee-deep water in his garage. He's taken three truckloads of debris to the city-provided dumpsters already.

"A lot of people had a lot of stuff to get rid of. Carpet, a lot of furniture got damaged in houses I imagine," Zahn said.

It wasn't just homes.  At city hall, the carpet is all torn out as city commissioners try to figure out whether they can salvage the flooded building or if they will need to rebuild.

"City hall was damaged pretty severely. We're not sure what is going to happen with it. We've got to gut the whole thing and assess the damage," Worthing Public Works Commissioner Todd Gannon said.

Storm Dumps Eight Inches Of Rain On Worthing 

Officials knowingly sacrificed city hall during the downpour as they worked to save houses from sewage back up. Gannon says commissioners and crews were pumping out the city's only lift station to prevent problems inside homes.

"If you lose a lift station half a town could literally, the basements could flood on half a town or more if you lose that. So, that was our number one priority," Gannon said.

Gannon says it was also their number one victory because they were able to keep the sewer system from backing up. Despite those efforts, there are still problems in town - including city hall - to address following a flood that left behind a mess.

"It's pretty significant but the community has pulled together and everybody is really trying to help one another," Gannon said.

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