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Water Still Sitting In Edmunds County

May 2, 2012, 6:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Water Still Sitting In Edmunds County
ROSCOE, SD -

People in Edmunds County are still dealing with high water. While the situation is nothing like last year, people there could be dealing with high water for years.

"We still have areas of concern," emergency manager Leland Treichel said.

Water still lines a stretch of U.S. Highway 12 near Roscoe, but the road is passable because the South Dakota Department of Transportation spent millions to raise it. And that's just one location.

Water is over county roads in a handful of places. Emergency management doesn't have a total number of township roads that are still under in Edmunds County, but some of those and some of the county ones could be under for years.

"We'll just have to wait and see what happens," Treichel said.

Without an outlet, a township road leading to homes south of Roscoe probably won't surface for several years. Two families on the other side of it can only get to their homes using another road that's in rough shape because it was sitting under water for several years as well.

The families and county pumped and trenched to get water away from it. The Hettich family is one of them. They are back in their home after they left it for four months because of flooding.

"We were out from July 4 to the middle of November," Charles Hettich said.

Hettich is a senior in high school this year and hopes to have his graduation party at home. But with flooding still affecting their part of Edmunds County, he and his family can only hope the weather that day will allow that to happen.

And their story is just one of adjusted lives in Edmunds County due to the water.

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