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Beadle County Flooding Again

June 14, 2010, 6:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Beadle County Flooding Again
HITCHCOCK, SD - Beadle County is trying to dry out as roads and fields sit under water and flooding threatens homes.

It was another day with even more rain in northern Beadle County Monday. A downpour soaked the area over the weekend, and that has people hoping for some sunnier days.

The water's gone down some near Hitchcock since it shot up in a hurry over the weekend.

"When I heard Mitchell had four inches, I thought, 'boy, I'm sure glad we didn't get that much,' but the very next night we had over five," Terry Marshall said.

So now the buildings and roads around the Marshall brothers' farm are soaked. Both Terry and his brother Gary had to work to keep water out of their basements and stand by as the weather calls the shots on the things they can't control.

"We're pretty much done planting for the year," Gary said.

Spraying crops in flooded fields promises to be a challenge. And they had hoped to haul corn out this week. But that would mean getting a truck through the flooded mess in their yard, not to mention using the roads leading away from it.

"It's over the road two places to the north, two places to the south," Gary said.

And it's the same story in nearby communities. Roads leading into Bonilla are under water after more than five inches fell.

"We didn't really need any," Terry Marshall said.

In fact, they needed some drying weather coming into this past weekend. They really need it now.

"Just hope for a little sunshine and warmer weather I guess and not very much rain," Terry said.

Hitchcock and Bonilla are just a couple communities affected by flooding. Crews had been closing roads through much of eastern Beadle County over the weekend.

This is a major hit to the Beadle County Highway Department’s budget and schedule. It had just started patching its paved roads. Now efforts are focused on repairing the new flood damage.

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