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Checking In On Flooded Communities

July 9, 2010, 4:59 PM by Kealey Bultena

Checking In On Flooded Communities
Ravinia, June 14, 2010

Heavy rains have taken over KELOLAND communities on a weekly basis for more than a month now.

At Spencer park in Sioux Falls, the Big Sioux River flooded much of the area just two weeks ago and even led to water rescues. The situation is much better now, but other communities are still dealing with rising water and the problems it brings.

Lake Poinsett levels are usually low this time of year. But this summer, heavy rains have homeowners still struggling to keep the water outside. They've now spent more than a month sandbagging to fight the floodwaters.

To the west, the water has gone down, but Bonilla is waiting to see whether it'll go up again. Officials are hoping for the best now that they've turned off a pump that's kept the water at bay. The town's plumbing and water service is back up and running. But homeowners are still cleaning up flooded basements and damaged buildings.

Farther south, just a month ago, people had to wade to their homes in Ravinia after days of heavy rain. The water overloaded the town's sewer system, which meant no working restrooms or showers. But now the water is gone and the sewage system is fixed. Without outside financial help for this flood, homeowners are on their own to clean up what's left behind.

East of Ravinia, water covered Olivet roads making it difficult for even the mail to get through. But a month later, much of the area has dried out. Roads are mostly intact, except for some sections of gravel that washed away. But the crops in flooded fields can't be salvaged, ending the season for some farmers.

In Waubay, the lake is still four feet above where it should be and officials say the water is still rising on the south side.

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